News 12 at 6 o'clock, December 13, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---He passed away last Christmas day, and not even a year later there is a big plan in the works to pay tribute to the Godfather of soul James Brown. "I feel good ow..." Derrick Monk was a sidekick to James Brown for 20 years. The duo has produced more than 100 records in that time.
A new James Brown exhibit is coming to a city near you...James Brown's hometown of Augusta, Georgia. Monk says he can just imagine James Brown's reaction, something like..."This mean everything...Do you know what this mean son they are making me the biggest thing in Augusta...In the world."
Flash Gordon is general manager of the James Brown arena. He says the honor is way overdue for a hometown star who became an international icon. "A lot of folks around here just thought of him as James Brown, but he wasn't James Brown he was Mr. James Brown...the hardest working man in show business...Soul Brother # 1."
"James Brown was a showman and that's what we want to do in the exhibition is show that," says Nancy Glaser, director of the Augusta Museum of History.
2500 square feet is being devoted to the man, the music, and the legacy. It's being called the largest known James Brown exhibit in the nation. Glaser says, "What I want to have happen in Augusta, Georgia is you think about the masters, and you think about James Brown."
The city is budgeting 75,000 for the exhibit at the Augusta Museum of History. The projected economic impact is 2 to 4 million dollars a year.
"As a superstar you couldn't get no bigger. He told me one day...Mr. Monk I'm bigger than McDonald's son," says Monk.