Ladies and Gentlemen, as you all probably know by now, one of the hardest working men in show business, Mr James Brown has left our house, our little planet.
The last time I saw him was on TV, as an audience member when he was honored in 2003 by the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Wash D C.
I'll always regret that I didn't go see him in 1965 in Houston when he appeared in the same arena where I had seen the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. My mistake. In spring of '65 I had seen him in the fun music movie T. A. M. I. ("Teenage Awards Music International") where in my eyes he stole the show from the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Leslie Gore and even from Chuck Berry and all the Motown performers.
I remember when I was working in a record store in San Antonio in 73-74 and we hardly sold any of his records except to some African exchange students who bought every JB's and James Brown record that came out.
I remember another generation discovering his music courtesy of MC Hammer and others who sampled his music for their hip hop tracks.
I do remember him beaming and happy when many young (and beautiful) performers were paying tribute to him on that Kennedy Center stage.
Mr Brown, we will do our best to play it funky now.