Originally aired January 13 of 2005, (inside)Out: James Brown's Last Chance, chronicled Mr. Brown along his rocky road to resuscitate his reputation, recapture his audience, and regain his place in American Pop Culture. VH1 had unprecedented access to Mr. Brown and his world, including his trusted inner circle: his new wife, Tomi Rae Brown; his manager, "SuperFrank," and his trusted 40-year associate, Mr. Bobbit. Sadly, the documentary marked the final, most significant look into the private world of this legendary artist.
Narrated by the Rev. Al Sharpton, (inside)Out followed Mr. Brown on the road, and revealed the toll it took on the aging legend. Although James Brown was full of life and passion for his craft at the time, he was struggling to reestablish himself as a marketable force on the current music industry landscape. VH1 will re-air the special on Wednesday December 27 at 5:00 p.m. and 11:00 a.m. and another airing on Friday December 29 at 1:00 p.m.
In addition to VH1's programming, VH1 Classic will honor the late James Brown by re-airing the music legend's final televised appearance from last month's "Third Annual UK Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony." The special extended edition of the induction ceremony will re-air on Wednesday, December 27 at 5:00 PM, Thursday, December 28 at 11:00 PM, and Friday, December 29 at 11:00 PM.
Brown, dubbed the "Hardest Working Man in Show Business" was inducted at London's Alexandra Palace last November and performed his classic hit "I Feel Good."
The show originally aired on VH1 Classic on Friday, November 24. Artists honored along with Brown included Brian Wilson, Led Zeppelin, Prince, Rod Stewart, Dusty Springfield and Bon Jovi as well as legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin who received this year's Honorary Membership in recognition of his exceptional contribution to British music.
Throughout the weekend, VH1 Classic will also air some of Brown's most notable videos including "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" and "Living In America" as well (inside)Out: James Brown's Last Chance on Friday, December 29 at 10:00 PM.
"The Godfather of Soul," "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business," "Mr. Dynamite" -- James Brown indisputably earned each of these mighty titles. Brown's impact and influence on American music is undeniable, and he had 54 Top Ten Singles, and 44 gold records to show for it.
Brown will be remembered for his electrifying stage performances, his athletic stamina, mastery in musicianship and split-second timing. When people think of James Brown they will always recall his the sum of his legendary greatness.