On this day in music history: October 2, 1971 – “Make It Funky (Part 1)” by James Brown hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 2 weeks, also peaking at #22 on the Hot 100 on the same date. Written by James Brown and Charles Bobbitt, it is the eleventh R&B chart topper for “The Godfather Of Soul”. Brown collaborates on the song with his manager Charles Bobbitt (“Give It Up, Or Turnit A Loose”). Recorded in July 1971 at Rodel Studios in Washington DC, it is the first single featuring the revamped line up of Brown’s backing band The JB’s. Hearlon “Cheese” Martin and Fred Thomas take over the rhythm guitar and bass chairs in the band after the departure of William “Bootsy” Collins and Phelps “Catfish” Collins who join up with George Clinton’s Parliament/Funkadelic organization. The single also Brown’s first release on Polydor Records, following his fifteen year stint at Federal/King Records. All of his catalog also goes with him to his new label. The latter portions of the song, not released in the original two parts are issued as “My Part/Make It Funky” (#68 R&B), also known as parts 3 and 4 are also released on the album “Get On The Good Foot” in November of 1972. Like many of his hits, Brown continues to alter the arrangement of “Make It Funky” when performing it live.