The day after Martin Luther King was assassinated and many U.S. cities erupted in rioting, James Brown put on a show in Boston. It was televised.
That concert is credited with chilling out Boston’s young blacks and saving the city from widespread burnin’ and lootin’.
Tonight on VH1, a one-hour documentary will tell that story: “The Night James Brown Saved Boston.”
Below is a YouTube clip of J.B.’s April 5 Boston gig.