James Brown At The Boston Garden; James Brown and Mayor Kevin White Address the Crowd at the Boston Garden
[Councilor Tom Atkins] I'd like to bring now to the microphone the man who was making the program tonight possible, the man whose foresight and leadership has given the City of Boston and the whole metropolitan Boston area a new lease on life. He's a man who's young. He's a man who cares and he's gonna make this a great city. The honorable mayor. [shout] [James Brown] Wait a minute. The person I just [incomprehensible] OK, Mayor Kevin White. Right, give him a big round of applause, ladies and gentlemen. He's a swingin' cat. Thank you, Tom, James. All of us are
here tonight to listen to a great talent. James Brown. [Crowd cheers] But we're also here to pay tribute to one of the greatest Americans, Dr. Martin Luther King. 24 hours ago Dr. King died--for ALL of us--black AND white, [Crowd cheers] that we may live together in harmony without violence and in peace.
Now I'm here tonight like all of you to listen to James. But I'm also here to us for your help. I'm, I'm here to ask you to stay with me as your Mayor to make Dr. King's dreams a reality in Boston. This is OUR city. And its future is in our hands. Tonight, tomorrow, and the days that follow. Martin Luther King loved this city and it's up to our generation to prove his faith in us. So all I ask you tonight is this. Let us look at each other here in the Gardens and
back at home, and pledge that no matter what any other community might do, we in Boston will honor Dr. King in peace. [James Brown] Let's give him another big round of applause, ladies and gentlemen. [Cheers] Brother, before I get to this next thing I have one more thing I'd like to say. He's a young man. He's a young man, you dig? So he's thinking together, give us ?? another big round of applause. [James Brown sings:] It's getting late in the evenin', can't get a ride.
Guess I did the boogaloo, the ? funky ? Broadway [grunt, grunt], Good God. Sometimes I do the James Brown. Wantchoo to know [shriek, drum beats]. There ain't no sin [??].
[Copied from online lyrics] "I said that's life, and as funny as it may seem Some people get their kicks Stompin' on a dream But I don't let it, let it get me down 'Cause this fine ol' world it keeps spinning around. I've been a puppet, a pauper, a pirate, a poet, a p*** and a king. I've been up and down and over and out and I know one thing. Each time I find myself, I've been flat on my face, I pick myself up and and get back in the race. [music] I'm gonna roll myself up in a big ball and die"
- James Brown At The Boston Garden
- Producing Organization
- WGBH Educational Foundation
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- WGBH (Boston, Massachusetts)
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- This short excerpt from the 1968 concert features Councilor Tom Atkins and James Brown as they introduce Mayor Kevin White onto the stage at the Boston Garden. White addresses the crowd, urging they respect the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Brown salutes Mayor White and sings "That's Life."
- African American musicians; Musical Performance; Riot control; civil rights leaders; King, Martin Luther, Jr., 1929-1968; African American artists; assassination; Brown, James, 1933-2006; White, Kevin H.; Entertainment events; Atkins, Tom
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- Moving Image
Producer: Morash, Russell
Producing Organization: WGBH Educational Foundation
Publisher: WGBH Educational Foundation
Supervisory Producer: Atwood, David
Writer: Brown, James
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Identifier: 812339d406afb91624537394a28f4b2bddbec92a (ArtesiaDAM UOI_ID)
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