Bobby Byrd


Bobby Byrd (August 15, 1934 - September 12, 2007) was a highly acclaimed and influential R&B singer, songwriter, and producer who, in 1953, formed what would later become James Brown's backing group, The Famous Flames. As a solo artist, Byrd is best known for "I Need Help (I Can't Do It Alone) Pt. 1" (1970). He was honored in 1998 with the Rhythm & Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award and inducted posthumously in 2012 into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with The Famous Flames.

Best known songs (with years) include:

  • Baby Baby Baby (1964)
  • I Need Help (I Can't Do It Alone) (1970)
  • Hot Pants - I'm Coming, Coming, I'm Coming (1971)
  • Keep On Doin' What You're Doin' (1972)

Pop charts debut year: 1964

Years active: 1952-1996

Genres: Soul, R&B, funk

Labels: Smash, King, BrownStone, Kwanza, Int'l Bros., Polydor, People, Atlantic


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