On this day in music history: July 7, 1973 – &…

On this day in music history: July 7, 1973 – “Doing It To Death” by Fred Wesley & The J.B.’s hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #22 on the Hot 100 on July 14, 1973. Written and produced by James Brown, it is the biggest hit for the R&B/Funk band led by trombonist Fred Wesley. The song is the first single to be credited to James Brown’s backing band The J.B.’s and trombonist and musical director Wesley. The track is recorded at International Studios in Augusta, GA on January 29, 1973. The master take runs over thirteen minutes (later released in its entirety on the compilation “Funky Good Time” in 1995), is edited down to just over ten minutes and is released on The J.B.’s album “Doing It To Death” (originally on Brown’s People Records imprint). The single version is pared down to just over five minutes. The song is unusual as it has a key change that modulates down from F to D, rather than upward. “Doing It To Death” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.