The Eternal James Brown — in A Duet With Luciano Pavarotti

The other day, my dear friend Nessa Rapoport who knows me well and is always sharing greatness with me, sent me this extraordinary video of a performance of James Brown singing “It’s a Man’s, Man’s World” with Luciano Pavarotti live.

It’s a remarkable performance on so many levels. First of all, James Brown is in top form, his voice strong and pure. He commands the stage and he dominates — he is in every sense an equal to Pavorotti, who sings in Italian with great sublety, finesse and emotion.

Brown’s performance is not about his staged theatrics, not about his dancing, not even really about Brown’s trademark

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