James Brown at the Royal Theater in Baltimore, 1964

James Brown – Pure Dynamite! (1964)

“Pure Dynamite! was another one of Brown’s numerous live albums. This one was recorded at the Royal Theater in Baltimore, MD in 1964, part of the famous Chitlin Circuit of black theaters. It has a gatefold cover with some of the longest liner notes you’re going to see on a Brown album. The record contains eight songs, two of which are studio tracks with live audience sounds dubbed over them. The music is all RnB but it’s really upbeat and you can feel the energy of the show in the recording, making this a really good early Brown LP.”


  • Paying tribute to the Royal — The Baltimore Sun
  • Preserving theater history Past: A community group works to build a memorial to the Royal Theater, once Baltimore’s premier showcase for black talent — The Baltimore Sun
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One Response to James Brown at the Royal Theater in Baltimore, 1964

  1. James Brown and my Father radio announcer “Bill Sparky Mullen” WSID was very close friend and in this 1964 visit to the Royal Theater in which my father was a part of I was dedicated as a baby with James Brown standing in as my God father. James Brown named me in which he gave me his first name “James” and his fathers middle name “Gardner”
    so my name is “James Gardner Mullen” Pastor of Kedesh House of Prayer Christian Church

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