James Brown

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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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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

James Brown's mother, Susie, wrongly depicted in movie

The movie "Get On Up" is based on a lie that James Brown's mother, Susie, abandoned the family when Brown was a boy and then just showed up years later at New York City's Apollo Theatre.
By Don Rhodes | Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ramblin' Rhodes: 'Get On Up' puts James Brown back in the spotlight

With the nationwide opening of "Get On Up" on Aug. 1, I thought I'd share excerpts from a 2008 radio interview for Al Sharpton's Keeping It Real program.
By Don Rhodes | Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rhodes: 'Get On Up' to see Brown biopic

Do not miss this one!! James Brown, for sure, is back on the good foot with an incredibly lifelike portrayal by South Carolina-born actor Chadwick Boseman.
By Don Rhodes | Sunday, July 27, 2014

Museum extends days to honor Brown

The Augusta Museum of History extending days coincide with the Aug. 1 nationwide opening of the James Brown movie, Get On Up.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Friday, July 25, 2014

Fans, celebrities attend 'Get On Up' events

Long after the Red Carpet rolled up at Regal Cinemas, celebration of Thursday's Get On Up screening continued throughout Richmond County.
By Doug Stutsman | Friday, July 25, 2014

Stars 'Get On Up' in Augusta

Three nights after James Brown’s biopic Get On Up premiered at Harlem’s Apollo Theatre, the bright-lights and red carpet shifted from New York to Augusta.
By Doug Stutsman | Thursday, July 24, 2014

Police prepared for anything at movie premiere

The Sheriff's Office's newly formed Dignitary Protection Team of about 17 people already has looked at every imaginable possibility to ensure that the premiere and afterparty goes smoothly, Maj. ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Brian Grazer made James Brown film possible

The real hero behind the reality of a feature film finally getting made about James Brown is producer Brian Grazer.
By Don Rhodes | Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Actor is excited to return to Augusta for 'Get On Up'

Keith Robinson's role as Baroy "Baby Roy" Scott of James Brown's first band, The Famous Flames, is taking him full circle, back home to Augusta for the July 24 screening of the new Brown biopic, ...
By Jeremy Craig | Tuesday, July 22, 2014

People who knew Brown have stories, theories

The Godfather of Soul has no shortage of storytellers. And every story has different versions, depending on who tells the tale.
By Meg Mirshak | Monday, July 21, 2014

Sharon Jones lays claim to Brown's performing legacy

There is no large touring band with backup vocalists and a horn and rhythm section that comes as close to James Brown and his Soul Generals as Sharon Jones and band, The Dap Kings.
By Don Rhodes | Monday, July 21, 2014

Judge orders James Brown documents made public

COLUMBIA - A judge has ordered South Carolina's attorney general to turn over documents to a freelance journalist investigating the court fight over the estate of soul singer James Brown.
By Jeffrey Collins | Sunday, July 20, 2014

Turn to these books to learn more about James Brown

Many words have been written about James Brown, including some by the Godfather of Soul himself. Here are a few picks by Don Rhodes, music columnist for The Augusta Chronicle.
Saturday, July 19, 2014

Pop Rocks: Brown's legacy is one this community can be proud of

In a week, Hollywood will come to Augusta with at least some of its trappings. There will be actors and directors, a red carpet and a see-it-first screening.
By Steven Uhles | Tuesday, July 15, 2014

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