A look back at the history of funk music – and our favourite acts

A look back at the history of funk music – and our favourite acts

If you love funk music, you might like to discover more about where it came from, and who played it best!

What is funk music?

Funk is a style of music that’s full of rhythm and guaranteed to get you moving! It’s made from a mixture of soul, jazz and rhythm and blues music, and is known for its groovy bass lines.

Where did funk music originate?

Funk is of African American origin, and grew from New Orleans

When did funk music begin?

It was started in the mid-1960s

How did funk music develop?

Funk was popularised through James Brown – he developed a type of groove with an emphasis on the downbeat.


How did funk music get its name?

Funk refers to a strong smell, and became used in jazz circles in around 1900 to mean something strongly felt. It’s also been suggested that it refers to the unique smell of a sweaty dance floor – lovely…

If you love funk, Motown and soul music, you’re going to love our latest Yours Live event, which will feature a night of classics from the Sweet Sensation party band! Keep reading to find out how to book

Some famous funk music songs



  • Superstitious by Stevie Wonder
  • Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag by James Brown
  • Out of Sight by James Brown
  • Super Freak by Rick James
  • Jungle Boogie by Kool and the Gang
  • It’s Your Thing by the Isley Brothers

Our favourite funk artists of the 1970s

  • James Brown
  • Kool and the Gang
  • Sly and the Family Stone
  • Chaka Khan

Go back to your disco days by booking a place at Yours Live at Gunton Hall, October 6-9, from £288pp. There will be plenty of live music, including funk and soul tribute band Sweet Sensation. To book call 0330 100 3370 quoting 'YOURSBANDS'