On this day in music history: August 7, 1971 -…

On this day in music history: August 7, 1971 – “Hot Pants (She’s Got To Use What She Got, To Get What She Wants)” by James Brown hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #15 on the Hot 100 on August 21, 1971. Written by James Brown and Fred Wesley, it is the eleventh chart topping single for “The Godfather Of Soul”. The early 70’s will mark a period of major changes in James Brown’s career. The core members of his band during the 60’s leave in a dispute over money. Brown replaces them with new members in March of 1970, including brothers William “Bootsy” Collins (bass) and Phelps “Catfish” Collins (guitar). Dubbing his new band The JB’s, with trombonist Fred Wesley acting as the band’s musical director live, the new members gives “The Godfather” a new infusion of energy, driving his music to even greater heights. This band cut several hits in a row, including the classics “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine”, “Super Bad”, “Soul Power”, and “Talkin’ Loud And Sayin’ Nothing”. However, in March of 1971, the line up abruptly comes apart when Bootsy and Catfish Collins depart the band after a European tour. They are replaced by guitarists Hearlon “Cheese” Martin, Robert Coleman, and bassist Fred Thomas. One of the first tracks they cut is “Hot Pants” (named after the popular tight fitting women’s short shorts that are in fashion at the time), recorded at Starday-King Studios in Nashville, TN on May 13, 1971. Issued as a single in July of 1971, it is James Brown’s final release for King Records (second release on his People Records imprint), as he signs a new deal with Polydor Records, who also purchases his back catalog from King. “Hot Pants” becomes another one of Brown’s most sampled songs, being sampled by Eric B. & Rakim, EPMD and Information Society to name a few.