The Famous Flames were an American rhythm and blues vocal group founded in Toccoa, Georgia in 1953 by Bobby Byrd. James Brown began his career as a member of this group, emerging as the lead singer by the time of their first professional recording, "Please, Please, Please", in 1956. On hit songs such as "Try Me", "Think"," I Don't Mind ", and "I'll Go Crazy", the Flames' smooth backing harmonies contrasted strikingly with Brown's own raw, impassioned delivery, and their synchronized dance steps were a prominent feature of his live shows. Altogether, they performed on 12 songs (and 14 singles) that reached the Billboard R&B and pop charts. They are also featured prominently on numerous albums, including the groundbreaking Live at the Apollo, and appeared in the films T.A.M.I. Show and Ski Party as well as on various television programs. In 2012 the Flames were retroactively inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame alongside Brown. On their Rock & Roll Hall of Fame page, they are described as "a group of singers, performers and dancers that created the complementary elements of one of the greatest stage shows of all time."Continue reading at Wikipedia...
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