UNITED STATES - JULY 06: NEWPORT JAZZ FESTIVAL  Photo of James BROWN, James Brown performing on stage  (Photo by Gai Terrell/
Gai Terrell

50 years ago, James Brown stepped onto the stage of the storied Apollo Theater and recorded his instant classic Live at the Apollo album. When the owner of Brown's record label refused to fund the show, thinking that an album with no new material wouldn't sell, Brown paid for the show itself. It was a good move. Upon its release in 1963, the album spent a year straight on the Billboard Pop Albums chart and, with its near-constant screams and cries from fans and tireless energy from the man himself, introduced many to the manic, messianic performer that was James Brown.

If you've never heard the album, or just want to revisit a classic, have a listen below. And check out our Spotify app for more playlists.