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Bobby Byrd

Bobby Byrd (born August 15, 1934) is an African American funk/soul/R&B/gospel musician and songwriter, best known as James Brown's longtime sideman and co-vocalist on songs such as "Licking Stick - Licking Stick", "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine" and "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved". Byrd also recorded many solo funk tracks, most famously "I Know You Got Soul" (1971), which have been sampled by musicians including Public Enemy, Eric B. & Rakim, Ice Cube, LL Cool J and A Tribe Called Quest.He was the original leader and founder of The Famous Flames,the vocal group with which James Brown first became famous. Byrd is actually the man who discovered James Brown.

Bobby Byrd and James Brown met in a Georgia youth detention facility. Brown was an inmate, Byrd was not . His local baseball team played the prison team of which Brown was a member. It was Bobby Byrd's family that took in James Brown after that.

Byrd was leader of a vocal group called The Avons when Brown joined in the mid-1950s. The Avons later became The Flames, then The Famous Flames, before they were repackaged with Brown as the frontman. James Brown and the Famous Flames , with Byrd as a member , recorded many hit songs , including "Please, Please, Please,"Think","Bewildered", "Oh Baby,Don't You Weep","I'll Go Crazy",and many more. James and The Flames were also known for their powerful on stage performances in venues such as The Apollo Theatre in New York ,The Regal in Chicago, and on film in the 1964 concert film "the T.A.M.I. Show,where Brown, Byrd , and the other Famous Flames (Bobby Bennett and "Baby Lloyd Stallworth) upstaged The Rolling Stones. Byrd also appeared with James and the group in the 1965 Frankie Avalon motion picture "Ski Party" , Dick Clark's "American Bandstand", and twice on "The Ed Sullivan Show". Byrd was the only member of The Flames to remain with Brown when the group disbanded in 1968.

He was and is still married to soul singer Vicki Anderson, another James Brown collaborator. His step-daughter is Carleen Anderson.

In October 2004 Bobby Byrd's songs "I Know You Got Soul" and "Hot Pants" were featured on the Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas soundtrack, playing on fictional radio station Master Sounds 98.3. Also, in September 2005 his song "Try It Again" appeared on the soundtrack of Indigo Prophecy.