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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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The Godfather of Soul called the Augusta area home his entire life. Take a look at a slideshow of photos of James Brown in Augusta over the years.
SIGNATURE HITS (BY DECADE):
A Life of Soul: World Says Goodbye to James Brown
VIDEO: Sharpton speaks at Apollo
VIDEO: Memorial service at James Brown Arena
James Brown Remembered:
James Brown: One Year Later
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