Bobby Byrd (African-American funk/soul/gospel songwriter & producer)

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Legal name: Robert Byrd, Robert H. Byrd, Robert Howard Byrd


Bobby Howard Byrd (August 15, 1934 – September 12, 2007) was an American R&B/soul singer, songwriter, bandleader, talent scout, record producer, and musician, who played an integral and important part in the development of soul and funk music in association with James Brown. Byrd 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 with the name the Flames in 1955 prior to Brown's joining the group; their agent later changed it to The Famous Flames. Byrd was the actual founder of The Flames and is credited with the discovery of James Brown. As group founder, and one of the longest-serving members of the group, Byrd was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame posthumously in 2012. Byrd was also a 1998 recipient of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award. Byrd helped to inspire the musical aspirations of James Brown, who launched his career with Byrd.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 I Need Help (live on Stage) Bobby Byrd 1
1993 On the Move (I Can't Get Enough) Bobby Byrd 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1995 Bobby Byrd Got Soul: The Best of Bobby Byrd Bobby Byrd 1
1997 Funky Men James Brown feat. Bobby Byrd & The J.B.’s 2


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Hang Ups We Don't Need (The Hungry We Got to Feed) Bobby Byrd 1
1970 I Need Help (I Can't Do It Alone) Bobby Byrd 1
1970 If You Don't Work You Can't Eat / You've Got to Change Your Mind Bobby Byrd 1
1971 Hot Pants - I'm Coming, I'm Coming, I'm Coming Bobby Byrd 2
1971 I Know You Got Soul / If You Don't Work You Can't Eat Bobby Byrd 1
1972 If You Got a Love You Better (Hold on to It) Bobby Byrd 1
1972 Keep on Doin' What You're Doin' / Let Me Know Bobby Byrd 1
1972 Saying It and Doin’ It Are Two Different Things Bobby Byrd / Vicki Anderson 1
1973 Try It Again / I'm on the Move Bobby Byrd 1
1975 Back From the Dead / The Way to Get Down Bobby Byrd 1
1975 Headquarters (Augusta, Ga) Bobby Byrd 1
1988 I Know You Got Soul Bobby Byrd 3
1989 What Goes Around Comes Around Bobby Byrd 1
2007 I'm on the Move Bobby Byrd and Pfunk-Ness feat. Vicki Anderson 1

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