May 3rd marks the legendary soul singer James Brown’s birthday. There’s a reason people referred to Brown as the “Godfather of Soul”; his voice was truly iconic. Through his sexy persona and sultry stage presence, James Brown was on a level all his own when it came to performing. Backed by the illustrious J.B.’s throughout most of his career, Brown excelled with hits like “Cold Sweat,” “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”, “I Got You (I Feel Good)”, and “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World”.

There’s no denying the raw talent and energy that Brown exuded with each performance. In that spirit, we wanted to share live footage of a great James Brown show that was aired on the hit show, Soul Train, in 1973. Enjoy some glorious James Brown footage and help us wish the Godfather a happy 86th!

James Brown – Soul Train – 1973

[Video: FunkensteinJr]

Set: Hot Pants, Get Up (I Feel Like A) Sex Machine (02:36), Get On The Good Foot (04:06), Soul Power (06:51), Make It Funky (09:53), Cold Sweat (11:07), Try Me (14:22), Please Please, Please (17:21), Say It Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud (17:57), Super Bad (23:53), Papa Don’t Take No Mess (26:18), My Thang (29:57), Hell (33:33), The Payback (35:57),

Encore: Damn Right, I Am Somebody (Fred Wesley & the JB’s led by James Brown; 40:25)