Night Train (James Brown)

23 JANUARY 1966


This record had actually been something of a hit single back in 1962, but when James Brown released his ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’ album in January 1966, he included ‘Night Train’ on the A side.

This song had been recorded by various other people since 1951, but Brown used it extensively on tour, changing the lyrics to a shouted list of the places on his tour itinerary.

The garish album cover features the real sentence 'I Got You (I Feel Good) sung by James Brown from his movie Ski Party'. Judging by this clip, there weren't too many soul brothers at the ski lodge.

Anyway, as the YouTube video title below suggests, this is a bit of a ‘soul mod dancer classic’!

B-side: 'Why Does Everything Happen to Me'
Recorded: 9 February 1961, King Studios, Cincinnati
Released: March 1962
Highest chart position: #35 (US, 1962)
Length: 3:35
Label: King 5614
Writer: Oscar Washington, Lewis P. Simpkins, Jimmy Forrest

Night Train (James Brown)

'All aboard for night train

Miami, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Raleigh, North Carolina

Miami, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Raleigh, North Carolina
Washington D.C.
Oh, and Richmond, Virginia too

Baltimore, Maryland
Philadelphia
New York City
Take it home
And don't forget New Orleans
The home of the blues

Oh, yeah, night train
Night train, night train'