James Brown was nearing the height of his powers when he came to Youngstown for two shows on October 27, 1967 at Stambaugh Auditorium. Earlier in 1967, the 34-year-old Brown hit No. 7 on the Billboard chart with “Cold Sweat, Pt. 1”. He’d go on to record two more top 10 hits in 1968 with “I Got That Feelin'” and “Say it Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud, Pt. 1”.
While he was most known for dazzling audiences with his spectacular live shows, he was also smack-dab in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement during this tumultuous period in American history. In a little over five months removed from this Youngstown show, Brown would take the stage at the Boston Garden on the day after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in an attempt to calm racial tensions in Boston.
WHAT THE SHOW SOUNDED LIKE: The Live at the Apollo, Volume II album is a safe bet since it was recorded in the summer of 1967.