Sunday Side Up Motown Moment: "Living in America" by James Brown

John Lockwood
January 4, 2021

"Living in America" is a 1985 single by James Brown. It was famously featured in "Rocky IV", used as the entrance music for Apollo Creed as he prepared to box Russian Ivan Drago (Spoiler alert: it did not end well for Apollo).

James Brown's final top 10 hit, "Living in America" was co- written and produced by Dan Hartman, who also plays keyboards on the song. Bonus: the one and only Stevie Ray Vaughn plays guitar!

Weird Al's parody song, "Living with a Hernia" used the same set the Godfather of Soul was on for the "Rocky IV" video shoot!