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Apollo Theater plans tribute to James Brown

James Brown Performing

"I Feel Good" will be the overwhelming sentiment when New York's Apollo Theater hosts a 50th anniversary celebration of James Brown's groundbreaking 1968 hit "Say It Loud — I'm Black and I'm Proud" on October 20 at 8 p.m.

"This concert," says a statement on the Harlem landmark's website, "celebrates not only James Brown, but also the Black Pride music he inspired among other African-American artists starring in the summer of 1968, including the Temptations, Sly and the Family Stone, Nina Simone and more."

Tickets for "Say It Loud: I'm Black and I'm Proud at 50" are on sale now. Prices range from $33.50 in the balcony to $303.50 for Official Platinum orchestra seats.

The roster of performers honoring the Godfather of Soul includes Rolling Stones backup singer Lisa Fischer, Labelle founder Nona Hendryx and R&B singer-songwriter Raheem DeVaughn.

The musical director for the evening is six-time Grammy winner Christian McBride, the artistic director of the Newport Jazz Festival and Montclair Jazz Festival.

Also on the bill: Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, who co-wrote "Say It Loud — I'm Black and I'm Proud" with Brown. The two-part single topped the R&B charts for six weeks in 1968 and peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Hailed as "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business," Brown racked up 17 No. 1 R&B singles during a career that spanned from 1953 until his death on Christmas Day 2006 at 73. His best-known hits from the mid-1960s include "I Got You (I Feel Good)," "It's a Man's Man's World" and "Bring It Up."

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