James Brown YouTube Channel Launch Commemorates Landmark 1968 Concert

James Brown’s legacy is being kept alive with the launch of a YouTube channel by record label Shout Factory that features documentaries, concert footage and other videos about the R&B legend known for his hits “I Got You (I Feel Good)” and “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag.”

The James Brown YouTube channel and website coincides with the 45th anniversary of his landmark April 5, 1968 Boston concert the day after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. Many have said the concert, which was broadcast live for free on public television station WGBH, calmed Boston while many cities across the nation were experiencing riots and other disturbances. It has been dubbed as “The Night James Brown Saved Boston.”

Jeffrey Thompson, Shout Factory’s vice president of digital strategy and business development, said in a statement to TheWrap.com: “We launched these YouTube, online and mobile experiences today as the 45th anniversary of the Boston concert is a major milestone we all wanted to commemorate. These digital destinations will continue to evolve as we program content specific to key events as well as discover and add new video assets, leveraging Shout! Factory’s unique content curation capabilities.”

So far, the James Brown YouTube channel has videos of the R&B legend performing songs from his 1968 Boston concert as well as interviews from people like the Rev. Al Sharpton discussing the groundbreaking event.

You can watch him perform “Try Me” from his 1968 Boston concert in the video above.

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