Having finished the chapter on The Godfather of Soul in Peter Guralnik's Sweet Soul Music, I went in search of James Brown clips. Here's one I found pretty useful actually. I'm up to about 25 seconds in - another month and I should have mastered the lot:
JB was a talented sportsman: baseball was his game. He could have had a shot at being a professional but, according to Guralnik, he had to give it up because of injury (what injury could have possibly prevented him from playing baseball but allowed him to dance night after night like he did?).
Physically JB reminds me a lot of Garrincha (below). I bet he would have been one hell of an inside right / right winger. Tell me, when you see Garrincha's shimmies and shuffles, you're not now seeing JB? Fast feet, swinging hips. We've seen samba football - I guess soul football is a bit of an historical what-if.
Anyway, back to JB. Wow: