Leo Robin

James Brown Iconic Performance of “Prisoner of Love”

52nd Anniversary of James Brown Iconic Performance of “Prisoner of Love” at T.A.M.I.
Fifty-two years ago today, a dozen acts came together for a special concert, held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on October 28 and 29, 1964, that would capture a moment in rock and roll history. The idea behind the Teenage Awards Music International was to present a snapshot of the music explosion being embraced by youngsters of the era. A film of the shows was released in theaters later that year known as the T.A.M.I. Show. In one of the most impressive bills in rock history, from Liverpool to Detroit and from Los Angeles to New York, the star studded lineup included performances by numerous popular rock and roll and R&B musicians with the likes of Jan & Dean, acting as hosts, the Beach Boys, the Rolling Stones, the Supremes, Gerry & the Pacemakers, James Brown and the Famous Flames, Lesley Gore, Marvin Gaye, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, the Barbarians and Chuck Berry. T.A.M.I. Show is particularly well known for James Brown’s performance, which features his legendary dance moves and explosive energy. In 2006, T.A.M.I. Show was deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant” by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. For your enjoyment, watch James Brown performing Leo Robin’s Popular Standard, “Prisoner of Love,” and his own (James Brown) “Please, Please, Please.”