News Flash: Soul Star James Brown Released From Hospital

Soul legend James Brown was released from a Columbia, S.C., hospital

on Wednesday after undergoing treatment for an addiction to painkillers.

The singer is recuperating at his home in Beech Head, S.C., outside

Augusta, Ga.

"He's fine, he's home," said his agent, Jeff Allen, on Thursday. "He's feeling much better now."

Allen would not comment on

whether Brown was continuing therapy for his use of painkillers.

Brown, 64, was ordered into the hospital on Jan. 15 after family members

became concerned for his health. The soul singer responsible for landmark

hits such as "I Got You (I Feel Good)" and "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag"

injured his back during a recent performance in Florida and began taking

medication to relieve the physical suffering.

During the 1950s, '60s and early '70s, Brown and his various backing bands became famous for

creating landmark singles that were heralded simultaneously for their tremendous

energy and seemingly effortless execution. Songs such as "Night Train" and

"Cold Sweat" defined soul music for the period, and later work such as

"Funky Drummer" and "The Payback" set the stage for hip-hop. -- Chris Nelson [Thurs., Jan. 22, 1998, 9 a.m. PST]