AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Danny Ray spent years because the emcee for James Brown, and a part of his job throughout performances was draping capes on the Godfather of Soul.
Ray was 85 when he died Feb. 2 in Augusta, Georgia. Throughout his funeral in that metropolis Saturday, Brown’s daughter, Deanna Brown-Thomas, draped a shiny silver cape over Ray’s casket — simply as Ray had draped a shiny purple cape over Brown’s casket in 2006.
The Augusta Chronicle reported that greater than 100 folks attended Ray’s service on the James Brown Enviornment, the place Ray and Brown had carried out many instances.
The Rev. Al Sharpton appeared on the funeral by video and mentioned he expects Brown and Ray at the moment are performing once more “on the opposite aspect.”
“His voice set the tone for the James Brown present,” Sharpton mentioned. “He was greater than the cape man. He was the co-star of the height of the present… and he was a good and beneficiant man.”
Thomas was among the many buddies and relations who spoke about Ray, whose physique was laid to relaxation at Walker Memorial Park in Augusta.
“He had a sworn statement about how God saved his life,” Thomas mentioned. “He mentioned whereas he was on the street he had acquired some ‘habits’ and talked about how a lot he was smoking and consuming. When he noticed himself mild one cigarette with one other burning within the ash tray, he advised himself that day, ‘I want to alter.’”
Thomas mentioned she believes God let Ray dwell longer as a result of he broke these habits.
Fellow band member and caregiver Joe Collier mentioned Ray at all times taught new band members what to do — or to not do — working with Brown.
“He advised you issues that might be the distinction between you getting promoted or getting fired,” Collier mentioned. “However you couldn’t ask for a greater buddy.”
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