One-Liner Wednesday: R&B met Opera and my mind went BOOM.

James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, definitely had his personal issues. (Don’t we all, though?) But, what cannot be disputed is the man was a pioneer in the music industry during very dangerous times, an influencer of several music genres, a true master of the stage during his heyday, and earned his Legend and Icon stripes the hard way — opening a door for people of color when opening a door for people of color wasn’t cool.

He’s one of those “immortals” in a class by himself, like Elvis, Fred Astaire, Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, Baryshnikov, Stephen King, Loretta Lynn, Pavarotti, The Beatles… you get my drift.

His heyday was before I was born, so thank goodness for the old performance videos people uploaded onto YouTube. I always used to say that all a James Brown performance needed was James Brown and nothing else.

I’m taking that back!

Behold: Brown performing a version his No. 1 Billboard hit It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World with another favorite immortal of mine, Luciano Pavarotti, in 2006.

R&B met Opera and my mind went BOOM! I discovered this video about 9 years ago, and I still get goosebumps.


READ: Linda G. Hill, One-Liner Wednesday — I take it back

7 thoughts on “One-Liner Wednesday: R&B met Opera and my mind went BOOM.”

  1. Oh, I thoroughly enjoyed this; thanks so much! That was my day if one could put it that way. In the “60’s” I think when these guys were singing and even Pavarotti was in his prime; didn’t he pass away within the last few years or am I off a bit? My Mom was a huge Opera fan and sang her “arias” in the kitchen while doing dishes. This was ok to me then but she would talk about him and other Opera stars that she knew of; she would mention “the tenors” and in general I would know what she meant but it wasn’t my style….LOL
    This was really warm and beautiful so thank you again for sharing this…….

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it! Pavarotti passed away in 2007, I think, the year after James Brown passed… Pavarotti’s voice being gone forever truly saddened me. How cool, your mom singing arias in her kitchen! 🙂

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