By James Brown standards 1967 wasn’t a particularly prolific year – he only released five new albums and eleven singles.
But it was a critical year for the future of dance music because it was during 1967 that James evolved from leading R’n'B star with a side-line in funky singles to full-blown Funkateer No.1.
By 1967 James Brown had already been a leading R’n'B star for eleven years. He’d had hit after hit every year since his first in 1956. But in 1965, with ‘Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag’ he effectively invented Funk and created a whole new dimension to the James Brown phenomenon. He’d followed that up in 1966 by continuing to release his, by now regular handful of R’n'B hits. But he’d also begun to throw in the occasional Funk classic single just to show that ‘Papa’ wasn’t a one-off.
But it was in 1967 that the Funk thing really took off and became the centre of gravity of his output rather than an intermittent punctuation mark in his series of R’n'B classics. It was in 1967 that he finally got into the groove of releasing incredibly funky single after incredibly funky single in a series that continued at the same manically prolific pace and almost impossibly consistent level of brilliance until the mid ’70′s – creating almost single-handedly what would become the entire DNA of dance music for the next forty years.