Vicki Anderson

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Legal name: Myra Barnes

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Vicki Anderson (born Myra Barnes) on November 21, 1939 in Houston Texas, is a soul singer best known for her performances with the James Brown Revue. She recorded a number of singles under both her birth and stage names. She is acknowledged by James Brown in his autobiography as the best singer he ever had in his revue, and probably the best singer he had ever witnessed.

Anderson is the widow of Bobby Byrd (the original founder of The Famous Flames) and the mother of Carleen Anderson Bartlett Anderson, James Byrd, Tony Byrd, and Keisha Byrd-Mckissack..

Anderson joined James in 1965 replacing Anna King, and stayed for three years as his main female singer, until replaced by Marva Whitney in 1968. She rejoined in 1969 after Marva departed, staying for a further three years until 1972, after which Lyn Collins took over from her.

In 1970 she released her most famous song, the feminist anthem "The Message from the Soul Sisters."

A single on James' I-Dentify label by Mommie -O appeared in 1975 featuring a cover of Rufus' hit "Once You Get Started" and Bobby Womack's "Stop On By" (which had recently been covered by Rufus).

Vicki married James Brown's right-hand man Bobby Byrd in the mid-1960s and is the mother of UK-based Carleen and Jhelisa, who both came to prominence in the 1990s with a couple of strong albums each. Vicki toured the UK with the James Brown Funky People Revue in the late 1980s and again with husband Bobby Byrd in the mid-1990s.

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Discography

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Mother Popcorn: The Vicki Anderson Anthology Vicki Anderson 2
2010 Wide Awake in a Dream: James Brown Productions From the Pre-Funk Years Vicki Anderson 1

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1966 Wide Awake in a Dream Vicki Anderson 1
1967 If You Don't Give Me What I Want (I Gotta Get It Some Other Place) / Tears of Joy Vicki Anderson 2
1967 Nobody Cares / Think Vicki Anderson / James Brown 2
1968 You've Got the Power Vicki Anderson & James Brown 1
1969 I'll Work It Out / Answer to Mother Popcorn Vicki Anderson 1
1970 Super Good, Part 1 & 2 Vicki Anderson 1
1971 I'll Work It Out / In the Land of Milk and Honey Vicki Anderson 1
1971 I'm Too Tough for Mr. Big Stuff (Hot Pants) / Sounds Funky Vicki Anderson 1
1971 Message From The Soul Sisters Vicki Anderson 1
1971 Super Good (Answer to Super Bad) Vicki Anderson 1
1972 Saying It and Doin' It Are Two Diffrent Things Bobby Byrd / Vicki Anderson 1
1975 You're Welcome, Stop on By / Once You Get Started Vicki Anderson 1
1981 You and Me Together Vicki Anderson 1
2007 I'm on the Move Bobby Byrd and Pfunk-Ness feat. Vicki Anderson 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 Home Is Where the Hatred Is / The Message From the Soul Sisters (The Remixes E.P.) Bossa Nostra feat. Vicki Anderson 1

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