Augusta celebrates James Brown’s birthday

Happy Birthday James Brown

AUGUSTA (WFXG) - The Augusta Richmond County Commission approved a proclamation to commemorate May 3 as James Brown Day in the city.

To celebrate, two events will be held on Friday.

The City of Augusta is hosting “The Soul and Funk Party” at the Augusta Common Friday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The party will feature live entertainment from Tony Williams and the Blues Express and Jesse Sumpter and the James Brown Review.

The Miller Theater will host the James Brown Birthday Bash Friday at 8 p.m. The bash is hosted by Bootsie Collins with live music from the James Brown Academy of Musik Pupils. It is a free event but tickets are sold out.

The music legend left an indelible mark on contemporary music history, continuously refining and developing his compelling performances over the course of decades of stardom and is known world-wide as the “King of Soul,” “The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business,” and the “Godfather of Soul.”

James Brown was born on May 3, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina, although he grew up in and called Augusta home.

James Brown’s 110 entries on the R&B Billboard 100 ranks as the second most entries in history. These included hits such as “I Feel Good”, “Living in America” and “Say it Loud I’m Black and I’m Proud.”

James Brown won a number of prestigious awards and honors including the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, five time Grammy Hall of Fame Winner, three time Grammy award winner, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, the BET Lifetime Achievement Award, American Music Award of Merit, and Kennedy Center Honors.

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