Lifelong acquaintances of James Brown to visit SC State’s I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium

Thursday, June 25, 2009


Danny Ray spent at least 30 years as James Brown's emcee. He was best known for his elaborate introductions of brown at the beginning of each concert and draping a cape over a worn-out Brown at the close of each concert.

Ray was hanging around the Apollo Theater in New York City when he met one of Brown's Famous Flames and the group's manager. His chance meeting with the entertainer in 1960 started his career with Brown.

In 1962 an announcer didn't show up for a Brown concert. Ray said, "Outside the dressing room I saw Brown and he said, 'You're always looking like you're together. You should do the show.' I told him I had never done a professional show in my life, but he insisted I think of something. I was kind of shaking the first time, but I said I was going to get this together and really put something into the act."

Over the years his announcement transformed to something like this; "LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, IT'S STARRRR TIME! THE GODFATHER OF SOUL! THE HARDEST-WORKING MAN IN SHOW BUSINESS! SOUL BROTHER NUMBER ONE! THE LEGEND OF SOUL HIMSELF! MISTER DYNAMITE! IT'S MISTERRRR JAMES BROWN! Persons that will also be in attendance during the visit will be Tyrone Jefferson, James Brown’s band director, and Allen McKellar, 1940 SC State alumni and associate of Mr. Brown when he was CEO with Falstaff Brewery in St. Louis, Missouri.

When: Thursday, June 25, 2009 at 1:30 p.m.
Where: I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium on the campus of SC State University. Contact: For more information about the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium, contact Ellen Zisholtz, director of the I.P. Stanback Museum and Planetarium at (803)536-7174.