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In more James Brown news: He will lie in repose at the Apollo on Thursday.

"The Godfather of Soul will get a New York-style tribute tomorrow, when he lies in state at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.

Tomorrow afternoon and evening the public will get the chance to say their goodbyes to James Brown in person, starting at 1 p.m. His close friend Reverend Al Sharpton will deliver a sermon at 7:30 p.m.

The viewing brings Brown's life and career full circle, since the Apollo is where he made his debut more than 40 years ago."

James Brown performed for every president from Nixon to our current president, including Gerald Ford. Brown will be buried in his hometown of Augusta, Georgia on Friday, where Al Sharpton will lead his (private) funeral service.


Clip of James Brown at the Apollo in 1968.

Photograph of a man signing a poster of James Brown outside B.B. King's Blues Club in Times Square by Kathy Willens/AP; Brown was scheduled to perform there on Sunday, in spite of being ill.