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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James Brown Plaza upgrades to resume

Work resumes Monday on an estimated $147,500 upgrade at James Brown Plaza, although the Augusta Commission has yet to name a source for the remaining project funds.
By Susan McCord | Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fans flock to the Bell for James Brown Birthday Bash

Returning for the first time since 2007, the once-annual James Brown Birthday Bash was held at the Bell Auditorium on Tuesday to celebrate the late music icon and featured a reunion of his former ...
By Doug Stutsman | Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Location for James Brown Bash changed

Tickets for Tuesday's James Brown Birthday Bash will still be free. However, because of weather concerns, the venue has moved.
By Doug Stutsman | Sunday, May 1, 2016

James Brown birthday show coming back

The James Brown Birth­day Bash is returning May 3 for the first time since 2007. Brown's band will get back together at the free concert, it was announced Tuesday.
By Doug Stutsman | Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Trees damaged during work at James Brown statue

Four large trees around the James Brown statue have been damaged by city workers beyond survival and must be removed, Engineering Director Abie Ladson said.
By Susan McCord | Friday, March 25, 2016

New "Birthday Bash" to honor James Brown's life and legacy May 3

Brown's annual Birthday Bash, held annually at the arena now bearing his name, ceased with a final 2007 celebration concert after Brown's death Dec. 25, 2006.
Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016

Judge to rule soon on settlement in dispute over James Brown will

A settlement ending an eight-year court challenge by most of James Brown's children over the validity of the late soul singer's will is now in a judge's hands.
By Susan McCord | Friday, Jan. 15, 2016

Toys bring joy at Brown event

Zamaria Dunn happily rode her pink bicycle along the sidewalk at James Brown Arena on Monday morning. Her siblings and cousins excitedly dug through bags, calling out their own Christmas presents ...
By Lisa Kaylor | Monday, Dec. 21, 2015

Annual Brown turkey giveaway set for today

Recipients preregistered for the turkeys in October and this month.
By Lisa Kaylor | Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015

Registration to begin Saturday for Brown turkey giveaway

The handout has helped hundreds of residents have a holiday meal since the Godfather of Soul started it 26 years ago.
By Lisa Kaylor | Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015

Pop Rocks: Tribute to James Brown can be hashed out in better way

It's been nearly 10 years since he died and still James Brown is still causing a commotion in Augusta.
By Steven Uhles | Monday, Aug 24, 2015

James Brown statue plan moves forward

Flashing lights, musical elements, a stage and other features possibly spanning the entire 800 block of Broad Street are among short- and long-term proposals for improving Augusta’s tribute to ...
By Susan McCord | Friday, Aug 21, 2015

Music by Turner: 'Ain't no drag' recording with James Brown

"Ain't no drag, papa's got a brand new bag." Sure, most everyone knows James Brown's classic slice of funky pop soul that opened up his career to an entirely different and much larger audience. ...
By Ed Turner | Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Plans to enhance Augusta's James Brown tribute advance

Inspired by a recent visit to Albany, Ga., an Augusta economic development subcommittee pushed ahead Friday with plans to enhance Augusta's tribute to James Brown.
By Susan McCord | Friday, June 12, 2015

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
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