Out of Sight (song)

Out of Sight (song)
For the 1999 song see Guitars (Mike Oldfield album).
"Out of Sight"
Single by James Brown
from the album Out of Sight
B-side "Maybe the Last Time"
Released July 1964
Format 7"
Recorded May 1964
Genre Rhythm and blues
Length 2:23
Label Smash
S 1919
Writer(s) Ted Wright
Producer James Brown

"Out of Sight" is an Rhythm and blues song recorded by James Brown in 1964. A twelve-bar blues written by Brown under the pseudonym "Ted Wright", the stuttering, staccato dance rhythms and blasting horn section riffs of its instrumental arrangement were an important evolutionary step in the development of funk music. In his book James Brown: The Godfather of Soul Brown wrote that

"Out of Sight" was another beginning, musically and professionally. My music - and most music - changed with "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag", but it really started on "Out of Sight" ... You can hear the band and me start to move in a whole other direction rhythmically. The horns, the guitars, the vocals, everything was starting to be used to establish all kinds of rhythms at once... I was trying to get every aspect of the production to contribute to the rhythmic patterns.[1]

"Out of Sight" was the third single Brown recorded for Smash Records in the midst of a contract dispute with his main label, King. A significant pop hit, reaching #24 on the Billboard Hot 100, it was also the last song he would record for over a year, as the court's ruling in his dispute with King barred him from making vocal recordings for Smash.

"Out of Sight" was one of Brown's first recordings to feature the playing of saxophonist Maceo Parker. Its B-side, "Maybe the Last Time", was his last studio recording with The Famous Flames. Besides its single release, "Out of Sight" appeared on a Smash album of the same name, which was quickly withdrawn from sale for legal reasons. The withdrawn album was re-released on King in 1968 with one track missing under the title James Brown Sings Out of Sight.



  • James Brown - lead vocal

with the James Brown Band:

Filmed performances

Cover versions


  1. ^ Brown, James, with Bruce Tucker. James Brown: The Godfather of Soul (New York: Macmillan Publishing Company,1986), 149.


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