James Brown & The Famous Flames

James Brown & The Famous Flames

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James Brown and changing cast of back-up musicians, singers and dancers. The group played gospel and rhythm & blues, playing at juke joints, and later when they became better known, they performed at various colleges.

Prior to their first recording, "Please, Please, Please", The Famous Flames were billed simply as The Flames, and Brown himself was billed as a member of the group. In later concerts and recordings Brown and the group were billed as James Brown and The Famous Flames, or sometimes as James Brown and His Famous Flames.

During the earliest phase of the Flames' career, before they had a recording contract, each member of the group played an instrument; Bobby Byrd played the piano, while Brown himself played drums. However, in later years (aside from the brief exception of guitarist Nafloyd Scott) The Famous Flames consisted specifically of the singers who backed Brown, not the instrumentalists in his band. (During the 50s and 60s the band was billed separately as the James Brown Band, the James Brown Orchestra, or The Poets depending on the context.) Brown and the Flames' record label King Records contributed to the confusion on this point by crediting the vocal group on the printed labels of James Brown singles such as "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "It's a Man's Man's Man's World" that did not actually feature them.
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James Brown & The Famous Flames Discography

Albums

610 James Brown & The Famous Flames Please, Please, Please (Album) King Records (3) 610 US 1959 Sell This Version
635 James Brown And His Famous Flames* Try Me! (Album, Comp) King Records (3) 635 US 1959 Sell This Version
683 James Brown And His Famous Flames* Think! (Album) King Records (3) 683 US 1960 Sell This Version
743 James Brown And The Famous Flames* The Amazing James Brown (Album, Comp) King Records (3) 743 US 1961 Sell This Version
804 James Brown And His Famous Flames* Tour The U.S.A. (Album) King Records (3) 804 US 1962 Sell This Version
LP-1010, 1010 James Brown & The Famous Flames Sing Christmas Songs (Album) Regency (2), King Records (3) LP-1010, 1010 Canada 1966 Sell This Version
S 961 James Brown & The Famous Flames Mighty Instrumental's (Album) King Records (3) S 961 US 1966 Sell This Version
1018 James Brown & The Famous Flames Live At The Garden (Album) King Records (3) 1018 US 1967 Sell This Version
184 088 James Brown & The Famous Flames The Unbeatable James Brown (Album) Polydor 184 088 Italy 1967 Sell This Version
LF-141-X James Brown & The Famous Flames Cold Sweat (Album) King Records (3) LF-141-X Chile 1967 Sell This Version
1022, KS-12-1022 James Brown And The Famous Flames* Live At The Apollo - Volume II (Album) King Records (3), King Records (3) 1022, KS-12-1022 US 1968 Sell This Version
153 James Brown & The Famous Flames King Of Soul (Album) Polydor 153 Venezuela 1968 Sell This Version
1034 James Brown & The Famous Flames James Brown Plays Nothing But Soul (Album) King Records (3) 1034 US 1968 Sell This Version
658 105 James Brown & The Famous Flames I Got The Feelin' (Album) King Records (3) 658 105 France 1968 Sell This Version
1030, KLPS-1030 James Brown And The Famous Flames* I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me (Album) King Records (3) 1030, KLPS-1030 Canada 1968 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

45-12264 James Brown & The Famous Flames I Don't Know / I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On (Single) Federal Records (2) 45-12264 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-12258 James Brown With The Famous Flames* Please, Please, Please (Single) Federal Records (2) 45-12258 US 1956 Sell This Version
12277 James Brown & The Famous Flames No, No, No, No / Hold My Baby's Hand (Single) Federal Records (2) 12277 US 1956 Sell This Version
45-12292 James Brown And The Famous Flames* Gonna Try / Can't Be The Same Federal Records (2) 45-12292 US 1957 Sell This Version
45-12300 James Brown & The Famous Flames You're Mine, You're Mine / I Walked Alone(7", Single) Federal Records (2) 45-12300 US 1957 Sell This Version
45-12290 James Brown And The Famous Flames* Chonnie-On-Chon / I Won't Plead No More(7") Federal Records (2) 45-12290 US 1957 Sell This Version
45-12289 James Brown & The Famous Flames Just Won't Do Right / Let's Make It(7", Single) Federal Records (2) 45-12289 US 1957 Sell This Version
45-12337 James Brown And The Famous Flames* Try Me (I Need You) / Tell Me What I Did Wrong (Single) Federal Records (2) 45-12337 US 1958 Sell This Version
45-12316 James Brown & The Famous Flames Begging, Begging / That's When I Lost My Heart(7", Single) Federal 45-12316 US 1958 Sell This Version
45-12348 James Brown And The Famous Flames* There Must Be A Reason / I Want You So Bad Federal Records (2) 45-12348 US 1959 Sell This Version

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willgee

willgee

May 26, 2014
The Fabulous Flames were a San Francisco-based splinter group-consisting of former members of Brown's "interim" Famous Flames lineup that were formed after the departure of Bobby Byrd & the original Flames. This interim group consisted of: Big Bill Hollings, Willie Johnson, Louis Madison, and J.W. Archer. After an incident in the Bay Area of California, where this group was caught using drugs, Brown fired these men , leaving them in California. They, while there , signed with the small Bay-Tone Records label as "The Fabulous Flames" , and released several singles. After the million-selling success of the group's single "Try Me" , Brown requested that the Original Flames return. Not all of them did. Only group founder Bobby Byrd, Johnny Terry, and NaFloyd Scott came back. Scott, an instrumentalist , was added to the James Brown Band, (a separate entity from The Famous Flames, who were now all vocalists) , and new Flames members Bobby Bennett and "Baby Lloyd" Stallworth were added . this group, Brown, Byrd, Terry, Stallworth, and Bennett became the permanent Famous Flames lineup...and THIS was the group that was inducted into the ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME in two separate inductions; Brown in 1986, and the rest in 2012. The Famous Flames were a SINGING GROUP....NOT BACKUP MUSICIANS . The so-called "Fabulous" Flames , Johnson, Archer, Hollings , and Madison, faded into obscurity. To learn more about The Fabulous Flames , click on this link: http://opalnations.com/files/Louis_Madison_Fabulous_Flames_Now_Dig_This_252_March_2004.pdf

To learn more about the Famous Flames, check out their official Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/thefamousflamesbysandibennett
LeBeejh7

LeBeejh7

November 7, 2012
edited over 3 years ago
James Brown's backup group was never known as the "Fabulous" Flames ( as far as I know) and I have yet to see, other than on the internet, any written publicity in the past listing them other than The "Famous" Flames.

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