Joss Stone Recounts Her Impromptu, 'Very Scary' Performance With James Brown

Joss Stone Recounts Her Impromptu, 'Very Scary' Performance With James Brown

Performing with the late (and great) James Brown would be intimidating for any musician, and for Joss Stone it was "very scary." In the video above, Stone explains to HuffPost Live how she was unexpectedly asked to perform with "The Godfather Of Funk" while on the "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross" show in June 2005.

"I was shaking like a leaf," Stone told host Caroline Modarressy-Tehrani on Thursday.

Stone, a soulful singer herself, had planned on singing with Brown on "Friday Night with Jonathan Ross." Their duet was abruptly cancelled the week before they were slated to go on, which Stone called "not abnormal." So when Stone was called up to stage by '"The Godfather of Funk," she was "a bit unprepared."

"He called me up and we did some songs," she said. "We started with 'Man's World,' then he changed it to another one, and then he changed it to another one. But it was fun!"

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Throughout the mid-1960s Brown devoted a bulk of his time to a number of social issues, including the Civil Rights movement, the Vietnam War, and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In addition to recording "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)," the legendary icon also launched the “Operation Black Pride” initiative in 1968 where he reportedly presented 3,000 certificates for free Christmas dinners in impoverished neighborhoods in New York City.
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James Brown’s early involvement with social issues also transcended into Politics. Publicly known as a Republican, Brown endorsed President Richard M. Nixon’s 1972 reelection, and later George W. Bush by appearing at various fundraising events.
Known for his strict recording schedule, Brown’s relentless work ethic resulted in a plethora of timeless music that not only birthed inspiration for future icons, but also shaped pop music. Among his many tracks, the funk visionary’s "Funky Drummer" is considered to be one of the most sampled songs in music history, according to Rolling Stone.
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Despite dropping out of school in the seventh grade, the legendary performer went on to become an advocate for education by penning the 1966 song, "Don't Be a Dropout." On the soulful track, Brown declares: “Without an education, you might as well be dead.”
Similar to his music, James Brown’s style was another one of his many traits that was adored by fans. From his velour jumpsuits to his trademark cape routine, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s fashion also inspired his protégé, Rev. Al Sharpton. During a 2013 episode of MSNBC’S “Politics Nation,” the civil rights activist-turned-on-air-personality explained how The Godfather of Soul influenced his hairstyle.

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