knew something was up when my MySpace profilewhich used to get maybe a dozen hits a daywas suddenly viewed almost a thousand times one Christmas morning. I found out later some other R&B singer with the same name as me had died.
saw James Brown in concert a few times, and watching his emcee Danny Ray warm up the audience, exhorting thousands of people all around me to chant my name over and over for like twenty minutes, was a surreal experience. Some musicians have told me I should change my name, but hell, it beats being named Engelbert Humperdinck.
fter asking if I feel good or if I'm a sex machine, people often mention James Brown and his Band of Renown, confusing big band leader Les Brown's Band of Renown with the Famous Flames. And ask if my parents knew who James Brown was when they named me, but my folks would had to have been much hipper white people than they were to know about James Brown in 1962. My dad, whose favorite singer is Bob Wills, to this day still isn't sure exactly who James Brown is. And for a while it was "James Brown? I thought you were in jail," to which I always replied they told me they'd let me out if I promised to lighten up.
ow everyone says "I thought you were dead."