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Doing It to Death

"Doing It to Death" (sometimes mis-titled as "Gonna Have a Funky Good Time") is a funk song recorded by The J.B.'s featuring James Brown. It was released as a single in 1973 and was a #1 R&B hit. Although the song has a lead vocal by Brown (who also wrote the tune and the lyrics), the recording is credited to "Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s". It was the first J.B.'s recording to feature saxophonist Maceo Parker, who had returned to work with Brown again after attempting a career as a bandleader.

Unusually for a James Brown song, the actual words "doing it to death" appear nowhere in the song's lyrics, which feature the hook "we're gonna have a funky good time." The title came from a figure of speech used by Fred Wesley.

A 10-minute, two-part version of "Doing It to Death" was included on a J.B.'s album of the same name. The complete, unedited and nearly 13-minute long original recording of the song was first issued on the 1995 J.B.'s compilation Funky Good Time: The Anthology.


  • James Brown - lead vocal

with Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s:

  • Fred Wesley - trombone
  • Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison - trumpet
  • Jerone "Jasaan" Sanford - trumpet
  • Ike Oakley - trumpet
  • Maceo Parker - alto saxophone and flute
  • St. Clair Pinckney - tenor saxophone
  • Eldee Williams - tenor saxophone
  • Jimmy Nolen - guitar
  • Hearlon "Cheese" Martin - guitar
  • Fred Thomas - bass
  • John "Jabo" Starks - drums


  • Leeds, Alan M., and Harry Weinger (1991). Star Time: Song by Song. In Star Time (pp. 46-53) [CD liner notes]. London: Polydor Records.
  • Leeds, Alan (1995). Discography. In Funky Good Time: The Anthology [CD liner notes]. London: Polydor Records.

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