*The road to producing a biopic on James Brown began for Mick Jagger when he was just 20-years-old, fronting the Rolling Stones at a concert dubbed “T.A.M.I.” (Teenage Awards Music International), held in Santa Monica in 1964.
Both the Stones and James Brown & the Famous Flames were on a bill that included Marvin Gaye (backed by The Blossoms), Chuck Berry, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and The Supremes.
“It was a very exciting show,” Jagger recalls. “I mean James Brown was definitely the star of the show, but there were other people that I was really interested in meeting for the first time. I’d never met Marvin Gaye before, for instance.”
James Brown’s legendary performance during the two-day concert has become perhaps the most memorable footage to emerge from “T.A.M.I.,” and is recreated in the film “Get On Up,” executive produced by Jagger and Brian Grazer, and starring Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul.
Steve Binder, who filmed T.A.M.I. for the 1964 documentary film “T.A.M.I. Show,” takes credit for convincing the Stones that they should follow James Brown as the bill’s all-important closing act. Years later, Keith Richards of the Stones famously called that decision the biggest mistake of their career, for obvious reasons.
During “Get on Up’s” recent New York press conference, Jagger recalled how Brown “was a bit annoyed” that the Stones got to close the show. Listen below:
The two rising stars of the 1960s went on to become acquaintances and developed a relationship that lasted until Brown’s death in 2006.
“Get On Up” opens Friday (Aug 1) nationwide.
Watch the trailer below, followed by James Brown’s full performance at T.A.M.I.