We’re shocked by the sudden loss of James Brown, but we’ll never forget the day we spent with him. It was back in the 60’s in Chicago and we were HUGE fans. When it was announced that he would appear at the Regal theater on the South Side of Chicago, we could hardly wait. The Regal was like the Apollo theater in New York – it catered to the black audience and featured the best musical acts of the era. James Brown always drew long lines. Visions of his shiny tight silk suits, pompadour hair and amazing moves, plus that big orchestra, danced in our heads as we got in line in the rain IN THE MORNING at the Regal. In those days we were the only white people there. Brown performed several shows a day with a movie in between. You paid once and could stay all day! We sat through the movie several times and were able to move up to the front for Brown’s evening show. He did the camel walk and the splits. The audience was shrieking and swooning as he fell to his knees wailing and his cape guy came out and wrapped him up. He tossed his rhinestone cufflinks into the adoring audience and we managed to GRAB one (which we still have to this day.) After the exhausting show, we finagled our way backstage, determined to meet our idol. James couldn’t have been nicer. We were surprised that he was wearing pink foam rollers in his hair – and was about to go under the hair dryer to prepare for his next show. We talked about his silk suits, he introduced us around , offered us food, and gave us an autographed photo before we left. It was an unforgettable day. We expect to see Eddie Murphy at the funeral.


Posted by Janet on December 25, 2006

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  1. By Anonymous
    On December 25, 2006 at

    There have been many imitations but there was only one “Soul Brother Number One”.

  2. By Anonymous
    On December 25, 2006 at

    What’s with the royal “we” in all these articles…?

  3. By Anonymous
    On December 25, 2006 at

    What a lovely story to remember the godfather of soul

  4. By Anonymous
    On December 25, 2006 at

    Papa’s got a brand new bag.
    RIP soul man.

  5. By Anonymous
    On December 25, 2006 at


  6. By hedda Bopper
    On December 25, 2006 at

    I have that other cufflink Janet, Oh Vey.

  7. By Patrick
    On December 25, 2006 at

    Just sucks. See Little Richard, see Jerry Lee and B.B. and all these guys while there is still time.

  8. By Patrick
    On December 25, 2006 at

    How bout you Bopper?
    How close to heavens little holding room by the sea are you?
    Oye Vey baby.

  9. By Patrick
    On December 26, 2006 at

    Hey Bopper?
    These old cats lay it down waaay better than these hippity hoppity kids can.
    They are our treasure.
    9:01 just die a horrible death already will ya!

  10. By Patrick
    On December 26, 2006 at

    Gramma I told you, if your gonna come to the game…bring your mitt.
    Your all wrong.
    I am not the sicko!
    This is getting boring.
    See y’all.
    Bye Janet, Bye Bopper.
    Go nuts sicko…sadly

  11. By Hedda Bopper
    On December 27, 2006 at

    I have alerted Janet of the fake Hedda.If it does not have my e-mail address on it,it will be removed,so sad,cant you come up with your own act dear? ……Oye Vey

  12. By Hedda Bopper
    On December 27, 2006 at

    patrick,6.04 and 9.15 are fake heddas,I think its that fat housefrau using my good name,poor thing has no humor so has to try and steal mine so sad…..Oye Vey

  13. By Patrick
    On December 27, 2006 at

    Gotcha Hedda.
    I’ll be more careful.
    There can only be one!
    Love ya baby!

  14. By Judy Jew
    On December 27, 2006 at

    James Brown was such a good dancer,many of the colored can dance so good.I love nothing better than a good hootenanny.And lil colored babys are so cute as well.My marvin didnt like them moving into palm beach,said they drove the value of our winter home down.

  15. By Anonymous
    On December 30, 2008 at

    hanged Fannies?upgrade,coalesces!ascertaining quote treachery

  16. By Anonymous
    On January 2, 2009 at

    swap,suburbia subsides stink dyed savors,

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