Release Date

August 20, 1976

“Hot (I Need To Be Loved, Loved, Loved, Loved)” is a funk song by James Brown. Released as a single in December 1975, it reached #31 on the R&B chart. It uses the main riff from the David Bowie song “Fame”, released earlier the same year. Guitarist Carlos Alomar, who created the borrowed riff and was a co-writer on “Fame”, was briefly in Brown’s band in the late 1960s. Alomar said, “[Bowie] was extremely flattered that James Brown would take one of his songs.” The song also appeared as the lead track on Brown’s 1976 album Hot.