In March 1969.

In March 1969, “King” label released “Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud”, the 27th James Brown studio album. It was recorded August 1967 – October 1968, and was produced by James Brown.


  • James Brown – vocals, organ
  • Bobby Byrd – vocals, organ
  • Ernie Hayes – piano
  • Timothy Hedding – organ, piano
  • Carl Lynch, Jimmy Nolen, Wallace Richardson, Troy Seals, Eddie Setser – guitar
  • Alphonso “Country” Kellum – guitar, bass
  • Tim Drummond, Al Lucas, Bernard Odum, Sweet Charles Sherrell, Ken Tibbets – bass
  • Beau Dollar Bowman, Bernard “Pretty” Purdie, John Starks, Clyde Stubblefield – drums
  • Maceo Parker, Eldee Williams – tenor saxophone
  • Pee Wee Ellis – alto and tenor saxophone, organ
  • Les Asch, Dave Parkinson, St. Clair Pinckney – baritone and tenor saxophone
  • Dud Bascomb, Joe Dupars, Richard “Kush” Griffith, Johnny Grimes, Waymon Reed – trumpet
  • Fred Wesley, Dicky Hardone, Levi Rasbury – trombone
  • Selwart Clarke, Winston Collymore, Sidney Edwards, Nick Hardone, Harry Katzman, Harry Malnikoff, Matthew Raimondi – strings
  • Sammy Lowe – conductor, arranger
  • Mitchell Kanner – design
  • Alan Leeds, Harry Weinger – liner notes

Track listing:

  1. Say It Loud – I’m Black and I’m Proud – James Brown, Alfred Ellis
  2. I Guess I’ll Have to Cry Cry Cry – James Brown
  3. Goodbye My Love, Pts. 1 & 2 – James Brown
  4. Shades of Brown – Bud Hobgood
  5. Licking Stick, Pt. 1 – James Brown
  6. I Love You – James Brown, Clyde Stubblefield, Alfonzo Kellum
  7. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye – John D. Loudermilk
  8. Let Them Talk – Sonny Thompson
  9. Maybe I’ll Understand – James Brown, Bud Hobgood
  10. I’ll Lose My Mind – James Brown, Bud Hobgood, Bobby Byrd

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