Celebrating James Brown's birthday today
May, 3, 2012
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
Musical genius James Brown was born today in 1933 and died on Christmas 2006.
As a tribute, we look back at his role in "Rocky IV" in 1985 singing "Living in America."
The shortened version of the song, composed by Dan Hartman and Charlie Midnight, reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The full six-minute version was included on Brown's 1986 album "Gravity."
"Living in America" would be Brown's last Top 40 hit, and he was awarded the Grammy Award the following year for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
Oh, at the end of the song, you'll hear, "Eddie Murphy, eat your heart out." That's a nod to Murphy, the "Saturday Night Live" star who often did imitations of Brown.