Thursday October 08, 2015
Click here to cast your vote for James Brown’s incomparable backing band, The J.B.‘s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame! Including IMN’s own Maceo Parker, The J.B.‘s are responsible for some of the most recognizable and widely sampled music ever. From the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Website:
“Ladies and gentlemen, there are seven acknowledged wonders of the world. You are about to witness the eighth!” The introduction to the 1970 single “These Are The J.B.’s” was certainly audacious, but it was all too appropriate for a group that came on like an unstoppable force of nature. Initially assembled when James Brown needed to scramble to put together a new backing band, the J.B.’s quickly became the heaviest funk ensemble on Earth, recording and touring behind the “Hardest Working Man in Show Business” and also releasing material under their own name. The first version of the group featured Cincinnati brothers Bootsy and Catfish Collins, Bobby Byrd and Jabo Starks; this lineup recorded “The Grunt,” with an unforgettable squeal that would later become the crucial element in multiple records by Public Enemy. When horn giants Fred Wesley, Maceo Parker and St. Clair Pinckney rejoined the James Brown team, the J.B.’s went nuclear, with a series of hits including “Pass The Peas,” “Gimme Some More,” and the Number One, gold-selling R&B smash “Doing It To Death.” And if all that weren’t enough, as the J.B.’s gradually peeled away from Brown, they became the backbone of George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic and kept the funk flag flying for the next generation.