Eddie Scott remembered by music community
By Chris Fish
BREVARD -- At 65 years of age, the Space Coast lost its James Brown last month.
"Eddie Scott was our very own James Brown, singing and dancing up a storm (and) always giving 110 percent to each audience and each performance," said Kenny Michaels, a local music promoter and founder and organizer of The Sam Jam. "Eddie gave us so much as an entertainer for years."
Described as the "Soul Man" in Brevard in the late 1990s and early 2000s, Mr. Scott's show was a mix of dancing and singing in true "Motown" style.
However, later in his life, Mr. Scott suffered a heart attack, which led to failing health issues he would struggle with both physically and financially.
The 2004 and 2005 "Brevard Music Award's Favorite Vocalist" recipient was left with economic hardship from his illnesses, nearly living on the streets.
On Friday, Oct. 4, Mr. Scott died.
Now, to honor and pay for the final expenses of this local legend's funeral, his friends will perform a Memorial Jam at Lou's Blues in Indialantic.
"Eddie Scott was one of the kindest men to walk the planet," Mr. Michaels said. "There were many times he would give when he didn't have that much to give, both money and other things. He thought of others first, and was the sharpest-dressed man Brevard County has ever seen."
The son of a Baptist minister, Mr. Scott moved with his family from Georgia to Melbourne in 1957. Growing up, he and his 15 other siblings, 11 sisters and four brothers, had a faithful upbringing, which included a raw talent for singing gospel.
Recognizing this talent as an opportunity for a chance to begin a music career, Mr. Scott moved to South Florida at the age of 22, all while the sound of Motown was in full swing.
While performing, Mr. Scott met a variety of musicians, including blues legend Joey Gilmore, Jimmy "Bo" Horn, Al Green and Tyrone Davis.
When Mr. Scott returned to Melbourne, he met Don "Tree" Rees, the former drummer of the Mamas & The Papas. Together, the two formed the group Resouled, which backed Mr. Scott's Motown Revue Show.
As a performer, Mr. Scott also performed on the King Center stage, where he opened for The Coasters, Ink Spots, James Brown, Aaron Neville, The Temptations, Earth Wind & Fire and Clarence Carter.
The "Eddie Scott Going Home Jam" is organized by Brevard Music Aid, Inc., and two guitarists who performed in bands with Mr. Scott, Mr. Michaels and Rick Fincke.
A variety of performers will also be on hand at the event to honor the life of Mr. Scott, including Joey Gilmore, Joe Davis and Kenny Clark, Kenny Cohen and Tree Rees.
To make a donation, send checks made to Brevard Music Aid Inc., to Stone Funeral Home, 516 King Street, Cocoa, Fl, 32922.
All donations will be used to pay for Mr. Scott's funeral.
"Eddie Scott Going Home Jam" will be Sunday, Nov. 10, from 1 to 6 p.m. at Lou's Blues, 3191 N. A1A in Indialantic.