Scotland County native Earl “Third World Earl” Swindell has recorded a tribute to his mentor and friend the late James Brown.
The cd, which has two tracks, is called “Bring Back the Funk.”
The 60-year-old Swindell calls the music a tribute to the sound of the “Godfather of Soul.”
Swindell first meet Brown in 1971 after graduating from high school here. He eventually became Brown’s valet and friend. Swindell would eventually work as promotion man for Polydor Records. He served as a pallbearer at Brown’s funeral in 2006.
“He called me his son and his nephew,” Swindell said. “He was my idol growing up so it was great to actually meet him and eventually become friends.”
Swindell, who sings on the album, said fans of Brown will like the music. The title track — Bring Back the Funk — runs about 4:42. There is a instrumental version that runs the same length.
“It is going to be fantastic,” Swindell said. “As of last week, the people that run the Grammys have it. The president of the Grammys wanted to know who was Third World Earl.”
Information about the cd and Swindell can be found at thirdworldearl@yahoo.