For Marva

Marva Whitney, a powerful female funk singer who worked with James Brown in the late 60s (which, according to James Brown’s recent biography The One, was somewhat of a terrifying and dangerous experience, due to Brown’s rigid rules and his violent tendencies), died recently.  She only released one album in her James Brown days, It’s My Thing, which mainly contains her versions of Brown recordings and a couple duets.  In 2006, Whitney made an unorthodox move, recording “I Am What I Am” with a Japanese funk orchestra. It might be my favorite one of her songs:

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