James Brown Performs ‘Kansas City’ At The Apollo Theater (Live)
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James Brown performs his classic hit song, “Kansas City”, live at the Apollo Theater in New York City, March 19th, 1968. James Brown: Man to Man was a concert film recorded live at the Apollo Theater. It was broadcast as an hour-long syndicated television special and is one of the first color recordings of James Brown.
The song was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller in 1952. James Brown recorded a version of “Kansas City” in 1967 which charted #21R&B and #55 Pop. At James Brown’s request, band member Marva Whitney performed “Kansas City” at the
conclusion of his public funeral in Augusta, Georgia in 2006.
James Brown: Going to Kansas City. Kansas City here I come. Going to Kansas City. Kansas City here I come. They got some crazy little boxes there, I’m gonna get me one. Look it here. I’ll be standing on the corner of Twelfth Street and Vine. I’ll be standing on the corner of Twelfth Street and Vine. With my Kansas City baby and a taste and a taste of city wine. I might take a train or I’d fly a plane. If I have to walk, I’m going there just the same way down to Kansas City. Kansas City here I come. They got some crazy little boxes there. I’m gonna get me one. If I stay with my baby I’m gonna die. Gotta find a new woman and that’s the reason why. I’m gone. Kansas City here I come. They got some crazy little boxes there. I’m gonna get me one.
James Brown: I’m going, said that I’m going. I’m going, said that I’m going. Can’t strain me, the heart can’t bear the pain. Going, I’m going. Everybody clap your hands. Clap your hands. Clap your hands. A little bit louder. Clap your hands. Clap you hands. Ain’t that a groove. Ain’t that a groove. Oh yeah. The one, two, three, four.
Host: How about it ladies and gentlemen so proud the number on James Brown. James Brown ladies and gentlemen. Oh yeah just the man by himself James Brown.
Host: James Brown.
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