On this day in 1962, James Brown on his own dime recorded what would become his first smash album, Live at the Apollo. Here he is with the Famous Flames on that night performing “I Don’t Mind.”

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Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.