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The Famous Flames were a R & B vocal group, founded in Toccoa, Georgia, in 1953 by singer/songwriter Bobby Byrd. Internationally renowned singer James Brown began his career as a member of The Famous Flames before becoming a solo artist. On hit recordings such as "Please, Please, Please", "Try Me", "Think"," the group's smooth backing harmonies contrasted strikingly with Brown's own rough, impassioned delivery, and their synchronized dance steps were a prominent visual feature of his live…

The Famous Flames were an American rhythm and blues vocal group, founded in Toccoa, Georgia, in 1953 by singer Bobby Byrd. Initially known under the name The Gospel Starlighters during their gospel tenure and later under the names the Avons and the Toccoa Band, the group not only launched the career of its founder Byrd but also famed singer and musician James Brown, who joined the group two years after Byrd founded it, and which name soon changed to "James Brown and The Famous Flames" [1957]

James Brown: Is referred to as "THE GODFATHER OF SOUL." In a career that spanned six decades, Brown influenced the development of several music genres. Brown began his career as a gospel singer in Toccoa, Georgia. Joining an R&B vocal group called the Avons that later evolved to become "THE FAMOUS FLAMES." Brown served as the group's lead singer.

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James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was a singer, songwriter, musician, and recording artist. In a career that spanned six decades, Brown moved on a continuum of blues and gospel-based forms and styles to a profoundly "Africanized" approach to music making. First coming to national public attention in the mid 1950's as a member of the R & B singing group The Famous Flames, Brown performed in concerts, first making his rounds across the country and the world.

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Billy Ward and His Dominoes were an R & B vocal group. One of the most successful groups of the early 1950s, The Dominoes helped launch the singing careers of two notable members, Clyde McPhatter and Jackie Wilson.

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The Harptones were a group which formed in Manhattan in 1953. The group never had a top forty pop hit, or even a record on the national R & B charts, yet they are still considered one of the most influential doo-wop groups, both for their lead singer, Willie Winfield and their pianist/arranger, Raoul Cita. The Harptones recorded for various labels, including Coed. Their best-known record was "Sunday Kind of Love" (1953),

James Brown: First coming to national public attention in the late 1950s as a member of The Flames with the ballads "Please, Please, Please" and "Try Me", Brown built a reputation as the tireless live performer with the singing group The Famous Flames and his backing band, sometimes known as "The James Brown Band" or "The James Brown Orchestra." James Brown with a "keytar" looking "Super Bad" - Synthtopia.

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The Dubs are an American doo wop vocal group formed in 1956, best known for their songs "Could This Be Magic", "Don't Ask Me To Be Lonely" and "Chapel of Dreams". The Dubs formed from the merging of two short-lived vocal groups in Harlem, New York, The Five Wings and The Scale-Tones.

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The Channels were a group from New York City. The Channels formed in 1955 around the singers Larry Hampden, Billy Morris, and Edward Doulphin; they started as a quintet with two additional part-time members, but soon after they permanently added Earl Michael Lewis and Clifton Wright. Lewis was the group's main songwriter, writing (among others) their regional hit "The Closer You Are" (1956). The Channels recorded for record labels Gone, Fury, Port, Hit, Enjoy, and Groove.

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The Originals often called "Motown's best-kept secret", were a successful Motown R&B and soul group during the late 1960s and the 1970s, most notable for the hits "Baby I'm for Real", "The Bells" and the disco classic, "Down to Love Town". Formed in 1966, the group originally consisted of bass singer Freddie Gorman, baritone (and the group's founder) Walter Gaines, and tenors C. P. Spencer and Hank Dixon (and briefly Joe Stubbs)....