Best Musical Moments of The Late Show With David Letterman

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  • Kanye West

James Brown

"Get up and party, get up and party," is what the "Godfather of Soul" shouted to the audience before his brilliant 1982 performance in the first season of the Late Show. His iconic permed bob laid to perfection, blue suit pressed and backed by a band of horns, strings, percussion and more James Brown vibrantly belted out his hits: "Sex Machine," "I Got the Feeling," and "There Was a Time." The 13 minute jam session featured a piano solo from Brown, his one of a kind dance moves and crowd interaction, which would have made you think it was Late Night with James Brown.

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