James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good)

„I Got You (I Feel Good)“ is a song by American singer James Brown. Recorded and released as a single in 1965, it was his highest charting song and is arguably his best-known recording.

The Song is a twelve-bar blues with a brass-heavy instrumental arrangement similar to Brown’s previous hit, „Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag“. It also features the same emphasis „on the one“ (i.e. the first beat of the measure) that characterizes Brown’s developing funk style. The lyrics have Brown exulting in how good he feels („nice, like sugar and spice“) now that he has the one he loves, his vocals punctuated by screams and shouts. The song includes an alto sax solo by Maceo Parker.

„I Got You (I Feel Good)“ developed from an earlier Brown-penned song, „I Found You“, with a nearly identical melody and lyrics. „I Found You“ had been recorded by Brown’s back-up singer Yvonne Fair and released as a single (King 5594) in 1962, with little success.

In 1964, Brown recorded an early version of „I Got You (I Feel Good)“ with a different arrangement, including a stuttering rhythm and prominent baritone sax line, under the title „I Got You“. This version appeared on the Smash Records album Out of Sight and in the 1965 film Ski Party, in which Brown lip synchs his performance. It was intended for a single release but was withdrawn due to a court order from King Records, with whom Brown was involved in a contract dispute.

Of Brown’s 91 hits to reach the Billboard Hot 100, „I Got You (I Feel Good)“ is Brown’s highest-charting song, peaking at number three. The song remained at the top of the Billboard Rhythm and Blues Singles chart for six non-consecutive weeks, after his previous single, „Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag“, held the number-one spot for eight weeks. Brown’s screams at the beginning and end of the song have been sampled a number of times for hip hop and dance songs. The song has also been covered many times by other performers, and is frequently played at sporting events.

In 2000, „I Got You (I Feel Good)“ reached number 21 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Songs in Rock and Roll and number 75 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Rock and Roll Dance Songs, one of only seven songs to make both lists. In 2004, „I Got You (I Feel Good)“ was ranked number 78 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time.

 

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