James Brown, the Godfather of Soul and “hardest working man in show business,” has died at age 73.


He was hospitalized Sunday for pneumonia in Atlanta, where he died early Christmas morning, his agent said.

Brown was scheduled to appear at the Count Basie Theatre on Dec. 30. The theatre’s website notes Brown’s passing early “with a profound sense of sadness.” Brown had given a rousing show at the theatre’s 2005 Gala.

Here’s what the Basie has to say regarding tickets for this Saturday’s show:

Ticket holders will automatically receive a full refund. There is no need to return your tickets. If you paid by credit card over the phone, by mail or at the box office window, your credit card account will be refunded. If you paid by cash or check at the box office window or by credit card on our internet ticketing site, you will receive a refund by check within two weeks.

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