The Real Story: James Brown and “Ski Party”

Posted on July 31, 2014 at 8:00 am

One of the highlights of this week’s “Get on Up” is a scene where James Brown and his group appear in a teen movie set in a ski chalet. The fun of the scene is seeing the R&B performers so far from their usual milieu, wearing ski sweaters and performing for a bland group of white kids perkily clapping along. It’s not far from the real story. Here’s the clip from “Ski Party,” released in 1965 and starring Frankie Avalon, Dwayne Hickman, and Deborah Walley.

Here’s the trailer:

The film also re-creates this performance from the T.A.M.I. Show, fire fighter and all.
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