Brown back at Apollo

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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).

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