Goodbye JB!

Dec 25, 2006 by

Legendary Singer James Brown Dies at 73 –
James Brown, the dynamic, pompadoured “Godfather of Soul,” whose revolutionary rhythms, rough voice and flashing footwork influenced generations of musicians from rock to rap, died early Christmas morning. He was 73.

I am glad I met him before he passed on. During the Centenniel Olympics in Atlanta, the one in the 90’s when that bozo set off a pipe bomb, I got to work with Brwn and his staff at the House of Blues. He pulled up in a snow white stretch limo with a vanity plate that said “Godfather.” He hopped out, fizzing with energy, and immediately started shaking hands and kissing girls at the security perimeter. Yes, he really seems to be like that all the time.

When the pipebomb went off my friend Vaughan and I had to tell him that there would be no encore. ” What do you mean there will be no encore! I’m The Godfather! These people want to see The Godfather and I’m not going to disappoint them!.”

“Mr. Brown, someone just set off a bomb in Centennial Park about a block from here,” we said.

“Where’s my limo! Where my women at! Let’s get out of here….”

I’ll be raising toast today, to an extremely short and incredibly talented man who made me look mellow when he was still with us…

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