CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- "Get On Up" is the movie that opens today and is based on the incredible life story of James Brown.

The film gives a look inside the life of Brown, starting with the journey from his impoverished childhood to his total evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century. In a career that spanned six decades, Brown profoundly influenced the development of several genres of music.

The career of James Brown got a major boost, after coming to Charlotte and recording one of his biggest hits. In February 1965, Brown and his group The Famous Flames recorded "Papas Got a Brand New Bag" at the Arthur Smith Studios in east Charlotte. It's now known as "Studio East" and continues the tradition that was established over 50 years ago. That song became his first Billboard Top Ten hit and won him his first Grammy Award.

This morning on Larry's Look, we got a close-up look at the studio, plus some of the equipment used during that classic recording session. Larry was joined by the son of Arthur Smith, who was actually there the day of the recording. He had some great stories about that session, including how Brown fired and rehired one of this horn players---all in a matter of a few minutes!

Sprinkle also talked to Tyrone Jefferson, long-time music director for Brown. Jefferson could write a book about his time with the Godfather of Soul. Jefferson mentioned that Mr. Brown(as he was known) was a perfectionist and very strict with the members of the group...on and off the stage.

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