82 years ago yesterday, James Brown was born in Barnwell, South Carolina. Here he is performing “Cold Sweat” on Soul Train in 1973. There really was no one like him anywhere.

Ed Kilgore

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.