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Bobby Byrd
Bobby (* 1934 in Toccoa, Georgia) was a R&B and soul singer, songwriter, bandleader, and musician, who played an integral and important part in the development of soul and funk music in association with James Brown.
 
Bobby began his career in 1952 as member of the gospel group the Gospel Starlighters, who later changed their name to the Avons in 1953 and the Five Royals in 1954, before settling on the name the Flames in 1955 prior to Brown's joining the group; their agent later changed it to The Famous Flames. Bobby was the founder of The Flames, is credited with the discovery of James Brown, and also claimed responsibility for writing most of James Brown's hits. As group founder, and one of the longest-serving members of the group, Bobby was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame posthumously in 2012. He was also a 1998 recipient of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award. Bobby died in 2007.
 
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Discography
Messing With The Blues
Polydor 847 258-2
compilation
James Brown, piano, vocals
Al Corley, alto sax
Ernie Watts, alto sax
Jimmy McGary, alto sax
Jimmy Parker, alto sax
Joe Romano, alto sax
Maceo Parker, alto sax, tenor sax
J.C. Davis, tenor sax
Buddy Collette, tenor sax
Les Asch, tenor sax
Pete Christlieb, tenor sax
St. Clair Pinckney, tenor sax
Clifford MacMillan, tenor sax
Al "Brisco" Clark, baritone sax
Dave Parkinson, baritone sax
Haywood Henry, sax
Cleveland Lowe, sax
Seldon Powell, sax
Garnett Brown, trombone
Jimmy Cleveland, trombone
Nick Dimaio, trombone
Kenny Shroyer, trombone
Bill Tole, trombone
Fred Wesley, trombone
Dicky Harris, trombone, trumpet
Al Aarons, trumpet
John Audino, trumpet
Dud Bascomb, trumpet
Chuck Finley, trumpet
Johnny Grimes, trumpet
Lewis Hamlin, trumpet
Roscoe Patrick, trumpet
Tommy Porello, trumpet
Joe Newman, trumpet
Ernie Royal, trumpet
Waymon Reed, trumpet
Isiah "Ike" Oakley, trumpet
Les Buie, guitar
Billy Butler, guitar
Eddie Freeman, guitar
Jimmy Nolen, guitar
Bill Pitman, guitar
Kenny Poole, guitar
Wallace Richardson, guitar
Bobby Roach, guitar
Hearlon "Cheese" Martin, guitar
Carl Lynch, guitar
Louis Shelton, guitar
Bobby Byrd, organ
Pee Wee Ellis, keyboards
Ernie Hayes, keyboards
Lucas Fats Gonder, organ, piano
Sonny Thompson, piano
Frank Vincent, piano
Edwyn Conley, bass
Ray Brown, bass
Al Lucas, bass
Bernard Odum, bass
Hubert Perry, bass
Fred Thomas, bass
Louie Bellson, drums
Clayton Fillyau, drums
William Bowman, drums
Panama Francis, drums
Reginald Hall, drums
John Starks, drums
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, drums
Jack Arnold, percussion
Johnny Griggs, percussion
Maretha Stewart, vocals

 
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