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Farewell Tour to James Brown Ends in Ga.

Farewell Tour to James Brown Ends in Ga.

Fans lined up in the rain before dawn Saturday at the arena named for James Brown, waiting to pay tribute to the homegrown singer whose casket lay inside.
The farewell tour for Brown _ loved in Augusta as much for his generosity and influence as for being the godfather of soul _ was to wind down with an afternoon funeral, a day after he was mourned by his family and closest friends in a private ceremony.
More than 8,500 fans were expected to fill James Brown Arena, and more were expected to gather on the streets outside to listen over a public address system.
Brown died of heart failure on Christmas morning in Atlanta while hospitalized for pneumonia. He was 73.
Saturday's public funeral will be the third memorial event held in as many days for Brown, whose hits like "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" inspired generations of soul, funk, disco, rock and rap artists.
About 20 Atlantans left on a tour bus early Saturday to travel to Augusta for his funeral, saying they wanted to pay their respects to the man whose music grooved their adolescence and whose political commitment inspired their own.
"When I was little, our family tradition during the holiday was young folks would do their routine _ I was always James Brown," said Richard Clayton, who grew up in Atlanta and Philadelphia.
For Maynard Eaton, who helped organize the bus group, Brown was a political figure above all.
"'I'm black and I'm proud' was the most influential black slogan of the 1960s," he said, referring to the chorus of the Brown standard "Say It Loud."


Updated : 2021-04-23 21:53 GMT+08:00