NAMES IN THE NEWS : James Brown Out, So Is Concert
Soul singer James Brown, recently freed from prison, won’t be giving a concert later this month as he had planned, South Carolina corrections officials say. Corrections Department spokesman Francis Archibald said today a performance in the May 16 concert by the “Godfather of Soul” was not and will not be approved.
“This looks like a commercial endeavor on the part of Mr. Brown and some of his associates . . . and does not fall within the scope of his job,” Archibald said. Brown, 56, was freed from prison and placed in a work release job in April. He is an outreach counselor with the Aiken and Barnwell counties Community Action Commission. Brown served nearly 16 months in prison for trying to run down police officers during a September, 1988, car chase that crisscrossed the Georgia-South Carolina border.