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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Augusta Commission to visit Albany to review Charles tribute

Seeking to get ideas on how best to capitalize economically on the James Brown statue downtown, some Augusta Commission members will take a day trip to Albany, Ga., next week to view the city's ...
By Susan McCord | Friday, May 15, 2015

City plans advance to make over James Brown statue site

Augusta commissioners were brimming with ideas Friday to increase downtown tourism, starting with a makeover for the bronze James Brown statue.
By Susan McCord | Friday, May 1, 2015

Block party to honor James Brown

The inaugural James Brown Block Party Tribute will bring together musical acts and fans of the legendary late soul singer for a festival to mark his birthday.
By Meg Mirshak | Friday, April 17, 2015

James Brown statue got a brand new shine

James Brown's statue, located in the median of Broad Street between Eighth and Ninth streets has been power-washed and detailed, just in time for Masters Week.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, March 26, 2015

Court rules journalist can publish James Brown widow's diary

COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Supreme Court says a freelance journalist can publish a diary that she says is from James Brown's widow.
Thursday, March 5, 2015

Court halts proceedings in Brown estate case

COLUMBIA — An Augusta attorney representing several children of James Brown said a recent S.C. Supreme Court decision to halt all proceedings involving the singer’s estate and trusts is unprecedented.
By Sarita Chourey | Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015

James Brown widow, judge rules

A judge has ruled that Tomi Rae Hynie Brown was the legally surviving spouse of soul singer James Brown at the time of his death because her earlier marriage was ruled invalid.
By Meg Mirshak | Monday, Jan. 26, 2015

Judge orders documents released in Brown estate fight

COLUMBIA - A judge says South Carolina officials must release e-mails concerning the diary of James Brown's widow and other documents.
By Jeffrey Collins | Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015

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
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