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Bobby Byrd

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Like a long-running right-hand guy, Bobby Byrd performed a great function within the Wayne Brown show, starting to warm up the crowds like a single singer, after that retreating towards the sidelines as an associate from the Famous Flames, Brown’s backup vocal group. Certainly, without Byrd, Wayne Brown may haven’t made it from Georgia: in the first ’50s, Byrd and his family members sponsored Brown’s parole from jail, and Byrd offered Brown an area in his vocal group, the Flames (which, needless to say, Brown eventually got over and relegated to the backdrop). Like a lot of Brown’s close affiliates and support music artists, Byrd got an opportunity to record his personal function under Brown’s path, releasing several Brown-produced singles between your early ’60s and early ’70s. A few of these had been even moderate R&B strikes — “We’re in Like” (1965) and “I WANT Help (I CANNOT Do It Only)” (1970) had been the biggest, producing the R&B Best 20. Brown’s support musicians (and occasionally Brown himself) frequently figured heavily within the preparations, and unsurprisingly the paths frequently sounded like Adam Brown records having a different vocalist. The unlucky issue was that Byrd was the average, even nondescript spirit singer, sounding a lot more such as a poor person’s Sam & Dave when compared to a facsimile of Spirit Brother NUMBER 1. The records had been often great, the early-’70s hard funk singles specifically (which often included the J.B.’s make), nevertheless, you can’t help wanting to know if indeed they might audio better with J.B. himself on leading line. Still, supporters from the Adam Brown groove will see too much to like in Byrd’s greatest recordings, in quite similar method as they’ll benefit from the Adam Brown’s Funky People group of recordings that J.B. oversaw (but didn’t sing business lead on). Certainly Eric B. & Rakim believed so, reworking among Byrd’s greatest singles (1971’s “I UNDERSTAND You Got Spirit”) therefore faithfully that legal actions ensued. After splitting from Dark brown in 1973, Byrd documented sporadically and performed frequently (especially in European countries), releasing On the road in 1994. He passed away of cancers in Sept 2007, however, not before executing on the memorial provider for Brown, kept just a couple months earlier.

Quick Facts


Full Name Bobby Byrd
Died September 12, 2007, Loganville, Georgia, United States
Profession Singer, Music Producer, Songwriter
Education Mountain State University, Concord University, University of Charleston, Marshall University, George Washington University, American University
Nationality American
Spouse Vicki Anderson
Siblings Sarah Byrd
Awards Rhythm and Blues Foundation Pioneer Award
Music Groups The J.B.'s, The Famous Flames
Music Songs Hot Pants, I'm Not To Blame, Hot Pants... I'm Coming, Never Get Enough, Hot Pants... I'm Coming I'm Coming, More Peas, If You Don't Work, You Can't Eat, Pass The Peas, Doing It to Death, Same Beat, Hang Ups We Don't Need, Keep On Doin’ What You're Doin’, Try It Again, Sayin' It and Doin' It, Blow Your Head, I Need Help Parts 1 & 2, Back From the Dead, The Grunt, Doin' the Do, I'm on the Move, No One Like My Baby, Hot Pants Road, Funky Soul, I'm Just A Nobody, Gimme Some More, Saying It And Doing It Are Two Different Things, I'm Lonely, Baby, Baby, Baby, Rice 'n' Ribs, Sayin' It and Doin' It Is Two Different Things, Damn Right, I Am Somebody, It's the J.B.'s Monaurail
Albums Please Please Please, Think!, The Amazing James Brown, James Brown and His Famous Flames Tour the U.S.A., Live At the Apollo, Pure Dynamite! Live at the Royal, Cold Sweat, Live at the Apollo, Volume II, Good, Good, Twistin', Pass the Peas: The Best of the J.B.'s, Sayin' It and Doin' It, Soul Legend - Best Of
Movies The Power Of Soul


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#Fact
1 Was the only James Brown associate who performed on both Brown's debut album (1959's "Please Please Please") and Brown's final album (2002's "The Next Step").
2 Sung backup on many James Brown records. Mainly did this as either one of the harmonizing Famous Flames (mid-'50s/early '60s) or as an enhancer of James Brown shouts over funky music (early '70s).


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pretty Little Liars 2015 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Get on Up 2014 writer: "Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine Live in Paris"
About Last Night 2014 writer: "Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine"
Mike & Mike 2014 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Levenslied TV Series lyrics - 1 episode, 2013 music - 1 episode, 2013
Dancing with the Stars 2013 TV Series writer - 1 episode
A Thousand Words 2012/I writer: "Talking Loud And Saying Nothing"
Fresh Meat 2011 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Formula 1: BBC Sport 2010 TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Dzi Croquettes 2009 Documentary writer: "Hot Pants... I'm Coming, Coming, I'm Coming"
Sex: The Revolution 2008 TV Mini-Series documentary writer - 1 episode
Wo ist Fred? 2006 writer: " Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine"
Indigo Prophecy 2005 Video Game performer: "Try it Again"
The 47th Annual Grammy Awards 2005 TV Special writer: "Sex Machine"
Rebecca 2004 Short "Hot Pants I'm Coming, Coming, I'm Coming"
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas 2004 Video Game performer: "Hot Pants", "I Know You Got Soul" / writer: "I Know You Got Soul"
Twisted 2004/I "Get Up I Feel Like Being Like a Sex Machine"
Get Up! 2003 writer: " I Feel Like Being Like A Sex Machine"
The Real Cancun 2003 Documentary writer: "Get Up I Feel Like Being Like a Sex Machine"
Beat the Devil 2002 Short writer: "Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine"
The Tuxedo 2002 writer: "Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine"
City of God 2002 writer: "Get Up I Feel Like Being Like Sex Machine"
Life as a House 2001 writer: "Rearranged"
Legally Blonde 2001 writer: "Sex Machine"
All stars: De serie 2001 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Scratch 2001 Documentary writer: "Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine"
Snatch 2000 performer: "Hot Pants I'm Coming, Coming, I'm Coming"
Liberty Heights 1999 writer: "Chonnie-on-Chon"
Skate and Destroy 1999 Video Game writer: "I Know You Got Soul"
How to Be a Player 1997 writer: "Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine"
The Closest Thing to Heaven 1996 writer: "Get On Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine"
3rd Rock from the Sun 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Ballykissangel 1996 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Friday 1995 writer: "Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine"
Tommy Boy 1995 "I Love It Loud Injected Mix"
A Low Down Dirty Shame 1994 writer: "GET UP I FEEL LIKE BEING A SEX MACHINE"
Florida Lady 1994 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Moonlighting 1989 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Saturday Night Live 1985 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Cycle Sluts 1971 performer: "Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine" - uncredited / writer: "Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine" - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Get on Up 2014 historical consultant

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown 2014 Documentary Himself
The Power of Soul 2013 Documentary Himself
American Masters 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
James Brown: Live at the Boston Garden, 1968 1968 TV Movie Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Night James Brown Saved Boston 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself

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