Posted December 25, 2006 12:42 pm - Updated January 18, 2007 08:41 am

Remembering James Brown

On Monday, Augusta and the world lost a legend. James Brown died Christmas morning in Atlanta at the age of 73. Mr. Brown's personal and legal issues were well known but he also leaves behind a legacy of charity work and good will.
James Brown
James Brown
For years Mr. Brown has given out toys and turkeys to needy families in Augusta. In 1968, he played a role in cooling down riots that broke out in several U.S. cities after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. While Mr. Brown never served in the military, he traveled to Vietnam to visit and entertain troops. It is reported that Mr. Brown gave a new Lincoln to a woman in Kansas who couldn't get to church on time because her car broke down. Professionally, his list of awards and honors are matched by few. Mr. Brown also had over 98 entries on Billboard's top 40 R&B singles chart, a record unsurpassed by any other artist. In 1962, his "Live at the Apollo" sold a million copies, the largest number ever for a black music album at the time. In 1997, the House of Representatives authored a resolution commending Mr. Brown as a "musical genius." He was one of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received the lifetime achievement award at the 34th Grammy Awards. Much has been said about Mr. Brown's legacy. Now we want to know what you think. Share you memories and thoughts of James Brown here. Related link: Complete James Brown coverage Photos: Early Years | Final Augusta Show