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According to a biography written by Marvin Gaye’s wife, Jan Gaye, in addition to giving Marvin Gaye health and nutrition advice, Dick Gregory also gave Marvin Gaye the title to his album, “Here, My Dear.”
Bootsy Collins first cam to prominence when James Brown hired Bootsy’s band, The Pacesetters, which included Bootsy’s brother, Catfish Collins. James Brown hired the band in 1970 to back him during his performances.
Bootsy Collins was a teenager when he started playing with James Brown.
James Brown changed the name of The Pacesetters to The JBs.
In his autobiography, Nile Rodgers says the following about Jimi Hendrix entering the amateur night competition at New York’s famed Apollo Theater: “Even Jimi Hendrix had won the fabled amateur night contest, and delighted its intolerant crowd, with his acrobatic guitar-playing virtuosity in 1964.”
In 1956, New Orleans R&B pioneer Smiley Lewis began to have success with his original tune, “One Night.” Elvis Presley took Lewis’s song and re-recorded it in 1957. A month after this re-recording, Elvis once again recorded Smiley Lewis’s song. This time he changed a word or two of the song and released it to the public. The song garnered Presley a lot of sales.