Saturday, August 9, 2014

it's a mother / the popcorn

James Brown hit the motherlode in the poppin' bottom heavy soul grooves of this series of singles and albums inspired by the dance he created, skinny legs and all.  The Popcorn was the name he gave the dance he started doing onstage in 1968.

"Bringing Up The Guitar" was credited to the Dapps featuring Alfred Ellis.  It was this song that inspired the Popcorn dance.  

"You Got To Have A Mother For Me" was an earlier unreleased song that provided the lyrics for "Mother Popcorn"

"The Popcorn" was an instrumental reworking of "Bringing Up The Guitar" that went to number thirty on the pop chart and eleven on the R&B chart.

"Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother for Me)" was "A James Brown Production" with Richard "Kush" Griffith and Joe Davis on trumpet;  Fred Wesley on trombone;  Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis on alto saxophone;  Maceo Parker on tenor saxophone;  St. Clair Pinckney on baritone saxophone;  Jimmy Nolen, Alphonso "Country" Kellum, and Kenny Poole on guitar;  Charles Sherrell on bass guitar;  and Clyde Stubblefield on drums.    The single hit number eleven on the pop chart and number one on the R&B chart.

Yeah, yeah,yeah
Yeah, yeah, yeah
Popcorn, yeah, yeah, yeah popcorn!

Some like 'em fat and some like em tall
Some like 'em short
Skinny legs and all
I like 'em tall
I like 'em proud
And when they walk
You know they draw a crowd!
See, you gotta have a mutha for me
Yeah, yeah, yeah ah come on!

A look-a-here!
There was a time when I was all alone
I had a secret thought I was gone
Somebody done me!
Said now I see
What you are doin', brother
To stay ahead of me
And when I get burndt ha! I use some salve
And when I want some lovin'
A mother she got to have
See, you got to have a mother for me

Yeah! Popcorn! oh! uh!
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
Yeah! Eeee yeah!
Do the popcorn hu!
Popcorn! uh!

Look-a-here! ha! good lord!
Hu! hu!

Do the popcorn and do the horse
Show everybody where you at!
You gotta be boss
The way you do your little thing
Step in a small ring
And jump back baby!
James brown gonna do his thing!
Popcorn! yeah! yeah! yeah!

Sometime sometime I'm feelin' low
Sometime I'm feelin' low
I call another brother
Talkin about Maceo!
Maceo! blow your horn!
Don't talk no trash hu!
Play me some popcorn!
Maceo! come on! uh!

Popcorn hu! ah!

"Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother for Me)" Part One

"Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother for Me)" Part Two

"Lowdown Popcorn" was another instrumental jam that shared the bass riff.  It made it to number forty-one on the pop chart and sixteen on the R&B chart.

 "Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn" was released separately as part one and part two.  Part one went to number twenty-one on the pop chart and two on the R&B chart while Part two made it to number forty on the pop chart and six on the R&B chart.

 "Intro/ It's A New Day (So Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn)" from his live album 'Revolution of the Mind'

In 1969, Brown released four albums, 'Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proudand 'Gettin’ Down to It
were not a part of the Popcorn craze; but the next two albums were centered around it.  

'The Popcorn - James Brown Directs And Dances With The James Brown Band'

A1   The Popcorn 2:55
A2   Why Am I Treated so Bad 6:05
A3   In the Middle (Part1) 3:05
A4   In the Middle (Part2) 3:00
B1   Soul Pride (Part1) 2:15
B2   Soul Pride (Part2) 2:00
B3   A New Shift 3:37
B4   Sudsy 4:45
B5   The Chicken 4:10
B6   The Chase 1:30

'It’s a Mother''s+a+Mother

1 Mother Popcorn (Part 1) 03:16
2 Mother Popcorn (Part 2) 03:02
3 Mashed Potato Popcorn (Part 1)  02:59
4 Mashed Potato Popcorn (Part 2)  03:18
5 I'm Shook  02:50
6 Popcorn With A Feeling  02:57
7 The Little Groove Maker Me (Part 1) 03:00
8 The Little Groove Maker Me (Part 2)  02:18
9 Any Day Now  03:30
10 If I Ruled The World  04:01
11 You're Still Out Of Sight  03:08
12 Top Of The Stack  02:49

Vicki Anderson's  "Answer to Mother Popcorn (I Got a Mother for You)" was also released in 1969.  She would later marry Bobby Byrd (the original founder of The Famous Flames).

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