Brown back at Apollo
honour befitting his status as musical royalty, soul legend James Brown will lie in state today at the legendary Apollo Theatre in Harlem in New York City. Brown vaulted to fame after his Apollo debut and credited the majestic landmark with putting him on the path to stardom. It was always his wish to make a final return to the venue, Brown’s long-time friend Reverend Al Sharpton said.‘‘He told his children if anything happened to him, he wanted one more time to fill the Apollo.For him to know we brought him back one more time and, for one more time, the line was around the corner.He would have loved that.’’ Brown died of congestive heart failure early on Christmas morning. ‘‘It would almost be unthinkable for a man who lived such a sensational life to go away quietly,’’ Sharpton said. ‘‘This is his spiritual home,’’ said Irving Fowler, 46, of Harlem. In Augusta, the town where Brown grew up, a bronze statue of the music giant singing into a microphone had an American flag draped across it yesterday ( pictured).