About 15 people paid tribute to legendary soul singer James Brown in Macon Monday, just days before the fifth anniversary of his death.
They gathered at the James Brown Bridge on Walnut Street, where a wreath was laid in his memory.
The tribute was organized by Tascha Houston, one of the original dancers in Brown’s shows. Houston said she has laid a wreath at the bridge every year since Brown’s death on Dec. 25, 2006.
Houston said she began dancing with Brown’s act in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 1966 and continued through August 2003. She performed with Brown all across the country.
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Brown, an Augusta native, lived in Macon and owned businesses here. He recorded his first hit, “Please, Please, Please,” in Macon in 1955.
During the ceremony, people spoke about their memories of Brown and listened to a CD of some of his live performances at The Apollo Theatre in New York. After that, a wreath was attached to the sign marking the name of the bridge.
“I’m so happy to do this for him,” Houston said. “His legacy must live on. I won’t let it die as long as I live.”