MACON, Ga. -- Forty-five years after Tascha Houston got her big break with legendary singer James Brown, she is still honoring the memory of the “Godfather of Soul.”
At the bridge in Macon named for Brown, Houston with 15 other fans, placed a wreath to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the singer’s death with 15 other fans.
Houston was one of the original “James Brown Dancers,” first signed to perform in 1966 at a show in Chattanooga, Tenn. She continued performing with Brown until 2003.
“It was very exciting,” Houston told The Telegraph newspaper, adding that she also once performed with R&B icon Otis Redding during a concert at the famed Whisky a Go Go club in Los Angeles. “He was a phenomenal entertainer.”
Houston told those on hand that routines for every song Brown performed had to be choreographed. While she said she couldn’t pick a favorite song, she said “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” was among her favorite dance routines.
Brown died on Christmas Day 2006. Though he was a native of Augusta, he had a strong association with Macon, having owned several homes and businesses here.