James Brown's Indian Heritage

Funk superstar JAMES BROWN credits his Apache Indian roots with his healthy lifestyle.

The GET UP singer rarely smokes cigarettes and abstains from drinking alcohol because he has a fiery Indian temperament and is frightened about what would happen if he got drunk.

He explains, "I have this American Indian in me. Apache Indian. I look like my dad.

"I guess the Indian temper is there. That's why I don't drink liquor. I just be a nice fella and work hard, ha ha! I eat right, too. We don't really care about whisky, but we're not knocking it.

"I smoke very little. If I smoke, I smoke what the Indians smoke. Whatever that is, ha ha ha!"

08/12/2004 17:26

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