Bobby Byrd

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Birthday
15, 1934
Birthplace
Georgia
Death Date
Sep 12, 2007 (73)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
15, 1934
Birthplace
Georgia
Death Date
Sep 12, 2007 (73)

About

Remembered as the founder of the influential R&B group The Famous Flames, he was also responsible for discovering the acclaimed funk and soul vocalist James Brown. In 1998, Byrd was chosen by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation as the recipient of the prestigious Pioneer Award.

Before Fame

Early in his career, he performed with a church choral group known as the Zioneers. Later, he joined vocal ensembles called the Gospel Starlighters and the Avons.

Trivia

In 2012, he became a posthumous inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Family Life

He and his sister, Sarah, spent their childhoods in Toccoa, Georgia. During his marriage to soul singer Vicki Anderson (which lasted from the early 1970s until his death in 2007), Byrd raised children named Keisha, Carleen, Bartlett, Anthony, and James.

Associated With

Byrd, James Brown, Bootsy Collins, and Catfish Collins collaborated on the hit 1970 funk and R&B track "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine."

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