James Brown

The Man | Trouble | Family | City | Money | Estate | Now

World-renowned music star James Brown (May 3, 1933 - December 25, 2006) called the Augusta-area home his entire life. Born in Augusta and maintaining a home in Beech Island, South Carolina until his death on Christmas Day in 2006, Brown maintained a business presence in Augusta while managing a steady international touring schedule.

"The Godfather of Soul" sold millions of copies of dozens of albums in a career spanning more than 40 years, and appeared in more than a dozen movies, including The Blues Brothers and Rocky IV.  Also known as "The Hardest Working Man In Show Business," Brown was well known locally for operating a couple of businesses and supporting annual turkey and toy giveaways before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. His family continues these annual traditions today.

Though internationally recognized for his revolutionary music, Brown was not without his share of controversy. He had various financial problems and a few arrests and charges for domestic violence and drug possession.

Local honors to the legendary musician include the renaming of the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center to James Brown Arena in September 2006, the renaming of 9th Street to James Brown Boulevard in 1993, and a life-size statue of the singer installed on Broad Street in May 2005. A biopic featuring the singer made its world premier on July 21, 2014, with an Augusta premier on July 24 and a nationwide launch on August 1, 2014. 

 

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Toy tradition continues

More than 1,000 children were registered to receive the toys at the 24th annual James Brown Toy Giveaway on Monday at James Brown Arena.
By Lisa Kaylor | Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

Brown turkey tradition continues

The annual James Brown Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway was held Monday.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

Brown turkey giveaway set

For the past four Saturdays, beginning Oct. 25, families registered for the turkeys they will receive Monday at Dyess Park, 903 James Brown Blvd., beginning at 8 a.m.
By Lisa Kaylor | Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014

James Brown's daughters speak about dad's business

Two daughters of legendary soul singer James Brown shared candid thoughts on Tuesday night about growing up with their dad, known to the world as the 'hardest working man in show business.'
By Meg Mirshak | Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Registration required for turkey giveaway

Registration for the annual James Brown Turkey Giveaway will be held on four Saturdays prior to the event on Nov. 24.
By Meg Mirshak | Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014

Ramblin' Rhodes: Daughter's book reveals private life of James Brown

The legendary life of James Brown continues to grow. To me, one of the best books to emerge since his death in 2006 is the recently released Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me by his ...
By Don Rhodes | Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014

Brown's musicians say they should have been involved in movie

Musicians who worked with James Brown generally like the biopic "Get On Up" but say they should've been consulted on its making.
By Timothy Cox | Saturday, Aug 23, 2014

Auditions Saturday for youth music group

Auditions for the JB Academy of Musik Pupils will be held Saturday at the Augusta Museum of History.
By Meg Mirshak | Monday, Aug 18, 2014

James Brown, I.M. Pei connect Rock Hall of Fame to Augusta

CLEVELAND - Situated next to Lake Erie and the Cleveland Browns’ FirstEnergy Stadium, the the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame stands out on its own with its glass, triangular architecture reminiscent ...
By Chris Gay | Saturday, Aug 9, 2014

Yamma Brown pens book about father

In "Cold Sweat: My Father James Brown and Me," Dr. Yamma Brown "shares an intimate, heartbreaking, and hopeful story."
Sunday, Aug 3, 2014

Feelin' the funk

Winners from the Fattz & Cher Morning Show and their guests attended the private screening at the Regal Cinema in Augusta.
By Michael Holahan | Thursday, July 31, 2014

Most characters in 'Get On Up' played real role in James Brown's life

Movie-making folks often love to create characters that never existed or were compilations of real people when a biography film is made of someone famous. But in the case of "Get On Up," which ...
By Don Rhodes | Thursday, July 31, 2014

James Brown's mother, Susie, wrongly depicted in movie

The movie "Get On Up" is based on a lie that James Brown's mother, Susie, abandoned the family when Brown was a boy and then just showed up years later at New York City's Apollo Theatre.
By Don Rhodes | Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ramblin' Rhodes: 'Get On Up' puts James Brown back in the spotlight

With the nationwide opening of "Get On Up" on Aug. 1, I thought I'd share excerpts from a 2008 radio interview for Al Sharpton's Keeping It Real program.
By Don Rhodes | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rhodes: 'Get On Up' to see Brown biopic

Do not miss this one!! James Brown, for sure, is back on the good foot with an incredibly lifelike portrayal by South Carolina-born actor Chadwick Boseman.
By Don Rhodes | Sunday, July 27, 2014

Museum extends days to honor Brown

The Augusta Museum of History extending days coincide with the Aug. 1 nationwide opening of the James Brown movie, Get On Up.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Friday, July 25, 2014

Fans, celebrities attend 'Get On Up' events

Long after the Red Carpet rolled up at Regal Cinemas, celebration of Thursday's Get On Up screening continued throughout Richmond County.
By Doug Stutsman | Friday, July 25, 2014

Stars 'Get On Up' in Augusta

Three nights after James Brown’s biopic Get On Up premiered at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre, the bright-lights and red carpet shifted from New York to Augusta.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Police prepared for anything at movie premiere

The Sheriff's Office's newly formed Dignitary Protection Team of about 17 people already has looked at every imaginable possibility to ensure that the premiere and afterparty goes smoothly, Maj. ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Brian Grazer made James Brown film possible

The real hero behind the reality of a feature film finally getting made about James Brown is producer Brian Grazer.
By Don Rhodes | Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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