A life-sized bronze statue of soul legend James Brown has been unveiled in his Augusta, Georgia, hometown to celebrate his musical accomplishments.

The $40,000 (GBP22,000) tribute - funded by private donors and the city's downtown development authority - shows the music icon in middle age, grinning broadly and wearing a cape.

Hundreds of fans attended the ceremony to see the Godfather of Soul himself unveil the statue on Friday (06MAY05) - just three days after celebrating his 72nd birthday.

After thanking the crowd and sharing anecdotes from his childhood, Brown said, "I hope I didn't disappoint anyone and I'm so glad you did what you did.

"God bless you and God is good and please, please, please don't forget me."

08/05/2005 21:50