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August 27, 2013 | by Rebecca Keegan
Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in "42," will portray James Brown in an untitled biopic of the soul singer. "The Help" director Tate Taylor will helm the Universal Pictures movie from a script by "Fair Game" writers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth. Brian Grazer will produce, as will another backer who knows a thing or two about stage presence -- Mick Jagger, under his Jagged Films banner. The long-gestating project, which has been in the works since before Brown died in 2006, will chart the singer's ascent from poverty in Augusta, Ga., to his place as the Godfather of Soul, tirelessly performing such hit songs as "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "I Got You (I Feel Good)
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April 5, 2014
Arthur Smith, 93, a bluegrass musician who wrote and recorded the sizzling instrumentals "Guitar Boogie" and "Feuding Banjos," died Thursday at his home in Charlotte, N.C., his family announced. No cause was given. "Guitar Boogie," recorded with the Rambler Trio and showcasing Smith on guitar, helped inspire a country boogie trend when it was released in 1945. Three years later, after the MGM record label reissued it, the song rose to No. 8 on Billboard magazine's country popularity chart.
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January 10, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The body of soul singer James Brown has yet to be buried as attorneys and his children work to settle issues surrounding his estate, including where he will be laid to rest. For now, his body lies in his home on Beech Island, said Charles Reid, manager of the C.A. Reid Funeral Home in Augusta, Ga., which handled the services. Brown died of heart failure Dec. 25 at age 73.
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February 16, 2014 | By Lewis Segal
The gritty, intense and sometimes rousingly profane music and performance style of the late James Brown left an indelible mark on American pop culture -- an achievement honored but only occasionally Brown-worthy in "James Brown: Get On the Good Foot, a Celebration in Dance" at the Ahmanson Theatre on Friday. No, this plotless compendium wasn't just another slick, mindless energy circus, but choreographic originality and depth remained in short supply. Co-commissioned by New York's famed Apollo Theater, this 75-minute tribute (running through Sunday afternoon)
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January 11, 2007 | From the Associated Press
The body of soul singer James Brown has yet to be buried as attorneys and his children work to settle issues surrounding his estate, including where he will be laid to rest. For now, his body lies in a sealed casket in his home on Beech Island, S.C., said Charles Reid, manager of the C.A. Reid Funeral Home in Augusta, Ga., which handled the services. Brown died of heart failure Dec. 25 at age 73.
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May 4, 2004 | From Associated Press
The unveiling of a statue honoring singer James Brown has been delayed by the city of Augusta, Ga., until he resolves legal matters. The statue's debut had been scheduled for this week, to coincide with the Godfather of Soul's 71st birthday and a downtown music festival that was, until recently, named in his honor. The festival reverted to its original name, the Garden City Music Festival, after a public backlash over Brown's Jan. 28 arrest for allegedly hitting his wife, Tomi Rae Brown.
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July 1, 2005 | From Reuters
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against soul singer James Brown that claimed he raped a former employee 17 years ago and used threats to ensure her silence. U.S. Magistrate Sidney Schenkier ruled the two-year statute of limitations on such a claim had expired, but plaintiff Jacque Hollander and her attorney said she intended to appeal the dismissal. The civil lawsuit, filed in January in U.S. District Court in Illinois, sought more than $100 million in damages.
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March 31, 2004 | The Associated Press
James Brown will perform in New Zealand after the government granted the Godfather of Soul a special visa, despite a string of criminal convictions that would normally ban him from the country. Brown, 70, received a special event work visa to perform a "one night only" show in the northern city of Auckland tonight, immigration officials said. The singer faces a jury trial in South Carolina in a domestic violence case involving his wife.
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April 20, 1990 | CHUCK PHILIPS
Sixteen months have passed, and James Brown is still a prisoner. On Dec. 15, 1988, Soul Brother No. 1 became inmate No. 155413 and has since been required to spend his days behind bars in the minimum security State Park (S.C.) Correctional Institute. But on Wednesday, Brown began participating in a county work-release program that will place him back out in the community, acting as a spokesman for the Aiken and Barnwell Counties Community Action Commission.
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April 26, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
"The amazing thing about James Brown, for me," says R.J. Smith, "is you can't figure him out. " That's not uncommon for a music journalist, but it reveals just how complex Brown was -- Smith was his biographer. Smith, the author of 2012's "The One: The Life and Music of James Brown," dropped by our video booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to talk about his book and about James Brown, the godfather of soul. "He was a civil rights arbiter, and he was a Republican," Smith tells L.A. Times features editor Alice Short.
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August 28, 2013 | By Richard Verrier
Inside the North Hollywood prop house History for Hire, a technician clamps down a sheet of pearl finish plastic and cuts a strip to fasten around the wooden hoop of a Slingerland bass drum. Another worker is busy rebuilding a black Ludwig drum to precisely match the same set - right down to the manufacturer's keystone logo - used by the Four Seasons during a 1966 performance on the Ed Sullivan show. FOR THE RECORD: History for Hire: An article in the Aug. 28 Business section about North Hollywood prop house History for Hire included a photo caption that made a reference to the testing of Marshall amplifiers.
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August 27, 2013 | by Rebecca Keegan
Chadwick Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in "42," will portray James Brown in an untitled biopic of the soul singer. "The Help" director Tate Taylor will helm the Universal Pictures movie from a script by "Fair Game" writers Jez and John-Henry Butterworth. Brian Grazer will produce, as will another backer who knows a thing or two about stage presence -- Mick Jagger, under his Jagged Films banner. The long-gestating project, which has been in the works since before Brown died in 2006, will chart the singer's ascent from poverty in Augusta, Ga., to his place as the Godfather of Soul, tirelessly performing such hit songs as "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "I Got You (I Feel Good)
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August 11, 2013 | By Laura Bleiberg
Putting together L.A.'s Lula Washington Dance Theatre and New York's Complexions Contemporary Ballet for a shared program was not an obvious pairing. But when the sky darkened, the lights came on and the dancing began outdoors Saturday evening in the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre's sylvan setting, these companies proved a felicitous, complementary couple. Because, at base, the groups' two chief choreographer-artistic directors, Lula Washington and Dwight Rhoden, respectively, are devoted mix masters.
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April 26, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
"The amazing thing about James Brown, for me," says R.J. Smith, "is you can't figure him out. " That's not uncommon for a music journalist, but it reveals just how complex Brown was -- Smith was his biographer. Smith, the author of 2012's "The One: The Life and Music of James Brown," dropped by our video booth at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books to talk about his book and about James Brown, the godfather of soul. "He was a civil rights arbiter, and he was a Republican," Smith tells L.A. Times features editor Alice Short.
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December 24, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Marva Whitney, the R&B-funk singer who died Saturday at age 68, according to her official Facebook page, toured with the James Brown Revue from 1967 to 1970, and briefly held the spotlight on her own with three hits she charted in 1969. Rolling Stone reports the cause of death as complications from pneumonia. Whitney, whom Brown called "Soul Sister No. 1," got her biggest hit with a response to the Isley Brothers' “It's Your Thing,” a song she delivered as “It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who to Sock It To)
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December 19, 2012 | By David C. Nichols, This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.
James Brown died on Dec. 25, 2006, but his rip-roaring imprint continues, as witnessed by “Down Around Brown Town,” now leaping, rocking and boogieing around the El Portal's Monroe Forum Theatre. Created by KIN Dance Company founders Frit and Frat, this compact revue pursues bare-bones means to inventive ends. Following a Brown mini-bio (narration recorded by Blair Underwood), the cast appears in scattered tableaux. Enter fulsome Promise Marks to launch “I Feel Good” as everyone gets down and then some.
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December 24, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Marva Whitney, the R&B-funk singer who died Saturday at age 68, according to her official Facebook page, toured with the James Brown Revue from 1967 to 1970, and briefly held the spotlight on her own with three hits she charted in 1969. Rolling Stone reports the cause of death as complications from pneumonia. Whitney, whom Brown called "Soul Sister No. 1," got her biggest hit with a response to the Isley Brothers' “It's Your Thing,” a song she delivered as “It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who to Sock It To)
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December 1, 2012 | By Mikael Wood
In accordance with established Quentin Tarantino tradition , the upcoming soundtrack to the director's "Django Unchained" is to feature no shortage of crate-digger's delights, including Jim Croce's " I Got a Name " and vintage film music by Ennio Morricone. For what he's describing as the first time in his career, though, Tarantino also commissioned original songs from a handful of artists, the largest and most in-charge of whom made his contribution available for streaming on Friday: In "100 Black Coffins" Rick Ross boasts that he looks like Big Daddy Kane over an eerie, whistle-enriched beat produced by the film's star, Jamie Foxx.
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March 25, 2012 | By Steven Zeitchik, Los Angeles Times
The One The Life and Music of James Brown RJ Smith Gotham Books: 455 pp., $27.50 Music is well said to be the speech of angels, the 18th century Scottish essayist Thomas Carlyle wrote. But then, he never spent any time with James Brown. In a five-decade career as one of the most successful recording artists of all time, Brown influenced generations of musicians and reached millions of fans with his fierce talent. He was also far from angelic - demanding, egotistical and prone to pulling a gun on those who disagreed with him. Brown used his fists when he needed to (which, in his view, was not infrequently)
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