He may not have always been squeaky clean but James Brown certainly made a lot of people feel good. His passing away on Christmas morning brought a little bit of sadness to Christmas, but not for long. James Brown was all about the celebration of life and that was the image he left in many hearts. More than 8,500 mourners attended his official funeral at the James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia.
Many celebrities attended the service conducted by the Reverend Al Sharpton, including Michael Jackson, Rev Jesse Jackson, former Temptation Ollie Woodson, Bootsy Collins and MC Hammer.
Michael Jackson said he'd studied the ‘Godfather Of Soul’ from six years of age. 'Ever since I was a small child - no more than six-years-old - my mother would wake me no matter what time it was to watch the television to see the master at work.'
'Every time I saw him move I was mesmerised. I've never seen a performer like JB and right then and there, I knew that was exactly what wanted I to do with my life. James Brown, I shall miss you and I love you so much. Thank you for everything.'
The Reverend Al Sharpton told the crowds, 'The whole world changed their beat because of James Brown. Nobody started lower and ended higher than James Brown did.'
He added that James Brown was, 'the star for the common people. He looked like us and he performed for us,' before asking St Peter to, 'open up the gates of heaven wide because James Brown likes a lot of room to swagger.'
James Brown will be missed by many but his music will go on entertaining us and those that come after us.