James Brown was brought back to the place that launched his career over forty years ago, so that his fans could remember the man on the stage on which many people first experienced the phenomenon that was the Godfather of Soul. Reuters reports:
Thousands of James Brown fans lined up on Thursday to bid farewell to the “Godfather of Soul” at a public viewing of his body on the New York stage where the singer first made his mark more than 40 years ago.
The 73-year-old entertainer — whose voice, showmanship and bold rhythms brought funk into the mainstream and influenced generations of music — died on Christmas of congestive heart failure in Atlanta.
Brown’s body traveled on a horse-drawn carriage through New York’s Harlem neighborhood to the Apollo Theater on Thursday. A 1962 self-funded recording of Brown performing at the Apollo became one of the singer’s first hit albums.
It’s a testament to the man’s indelible legacy as a performer that even after death, he’s still got more talent and charisma in his pinky finger on a stage than most pop-tart clones out there today.
Fans bid farewell to singer James Brown [Reuters]