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This Day in Georgia History

October 24, 1962

James Brown Recorded “Live at the Apollo”

Unable to find a record company willing to back the project, rhythm-and-blues artist James Brown paid to have one of his performances recorded at the legendary Apollo Theater in New York. Released in 1963, his “Live at the Apollo” album quickly thrust the dynamic singer from Augusta into the national popular music scene. The album went on to sell over one million copies - something unheard of at the time for a live R&B album.

To view an image of James Brown, see the Digital Library of Georgia.