James Brown performs "Cold Sweat", live at the Boston Garden, April 5th, 1968. He begins and ends this song with his signature spinning dance moves.
In the aftermath of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination on April 4th, 1968, rioting broke out in cities across the country. James Brown had been scheduled to perform at the Boston Garden on April 5th. Boston Mayor Kevin White had initially wanted to cancel all public events, including James Brown's show. As there was concern that the cancellation of the show might cause an escalation of the crisis. it was agreed that James Brown's show would go on.
The show, one of the greatest in Boston's history, went on and the city of Boston remained relatively calm. James Brown consoled his mourning audience, dedicated the show to the memory of Dr. King and was instrumental in keeping the peace on the streets of Boston. This concert became known as " The Night James Brown Saved Boston"
"Cold Sweat", performed by James Brown, was written with his bandleader Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis. James Brown recorded it in May 1967. An edited version of "Cold Sweat" released as a two-part single on King Records was a #1 R&B hit, and reached number seven on the Pop Singles chart.
James Brown: You can get. You can get. You can get.
James Brown: Yeah. I don't care about your past. I just want our love to last. I don't care about your faults. I just want to satisfy your pulse. Yeah. What you kidding. Oh yeah. Oh yeah. Make me understand. I break out in a cold sweat.