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.