Wednesday, December 27, 2006

After Brown

The tributes to James Brown have been trickling in - as syrupy stuff tends to - as people's agents and managers return to work after Christmas. Mike Griffiths points out the modest Snoop Dogg eulogy, which is, in effect, more all about him:

That's my godfather, my soul inspiration, the hardest working man in show business of all time. He'll be missed, but his music and his legacy will live on through me, in every way you can imagine.

Well, yes... judging by your bulging police record, that might be true.

George Bush has also expressed some sentiments written for him:

He said Brown was "an American original - his fans came from all walks of life and backgrounds. James Brown's family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers this Christmas."

Bush concluded his statement by insisting that he felt like being a sex machine.

Meanwhile, James Brown sort-of wife Tomi Rae has been locked out the family home. James' lawyer has concluded that, since they married while she was still legally wedded to someone else, and since after her first marriage was annulled she and James Brown never remarried, Tomi Rae wasn't a legal spouse.

Tomi Rae isn't happy:

"This is my home," Mrs. Brown told a reporter for the newspaper outside the gate of the house. "I don't have any money. I don't have anywhere to go."

As mother of James Brown's child, though, she'll probably find things settle down in her favour. The lawyer is reported in the Denver Post this morning as saying that, in effect, Tomi has a house that she'd use when she and James Brown were on one of their regular periods of not being able to live together, so she's not exactly in the snow meanwhile.

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