The Godfather of Soul…

JAMES BROWN.jpg The man that helped shape rock, rap and soul music passed away Christmas morning. At 73 years old, James Brown was true to his title as the hardest working man in show business. He was scheduled to perform on New Year’s Eve in New York City. Doctors say heart failure is the cause of death for the music legend. A friend says Brown’s last words were “I’m going away.”

I had the honor of meeting Brown about five years ago in Las Vegas. I was late to see his concert and they turned us away at the door, due to a sold-out house. We were bummed and returned to our hotel to play a little Black Jack. Not long later, Brown strolled in with his posse and took a seat right beside our table. We said “Hello,” shook hands and played side-by-side for at least an hour.

During his career, James Brown spent quite a bit of time in music city. His long time saxophone player, Waldo Weathers still lives in Nashville.

A public funeral for Brown has been set for Saturday in his hometown of Augusta, Georgia. A private service will be held for family and friends Friday. Members of the public will be able to view Brown’s body at the Apollo Theater in New York on Thursday.


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