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James Brown's original "cape man" will be on Talk of Alabama today

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Dr. Danny Ray, the former "cape man" for James Brown will be on Talk of Alabama today.  Ray served as the emcee for the Godfather of Soul's shows over many years.

According to reports, Ray worked for Brown from 1960 until Brown died in 2006.  He even placed a cape on Brown for the last time during his funeral.  In the Wikipedia entry on James Brown, it says "A trademark feature of Brown's stage shows, usually during the song "Please, Please, Please", involved Brown dropping to his knees while clutching the microphone stand in his hands, prompting the show's longtime MC, Danny Ray, to come out, drape a cape over Brown's shoulders and escort him off the stage after he had worked himself to exhaustion during his performance. As Brown was escorted off the stage by the MC, Brown's vocal group, The Famous Flames, continued singing the background vocals "Please, please don't go-oh-oh".  Brown would then shake off the cape and stagger back to the microphone to perform an encore. Brown's routine was inspired by a similar one used by the professional wrestler Gorgeous George."

Ray will be one of the guests honored at the "getting out of Bombingham" event at the Alabama School of Fine Arts.  It begins at 7PM on Friday, June 7, 2013.

 

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