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Saturday, September 29, 2007

Bobby Byrd : Back From The Dead (1975)


R.I.P. 1934-2007

"Bobby Byrd, a longtime collaborator with James Brown and co-founder of the Famous Flames, died at his home near Atlanta. He was 73.Byrd died Wednesday Sept. 12, a spokesman for Willie A. Watkins Funeral Home in Atlanta said. News accounts attributed the death to cancer.

"One of the chief architects of Brown's trademark sound, Byrd's contributions can be heard on early James Brown soul tracks and on hits that laid the foundations of funk, like "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine." The punctuating phrase "Get on up," which repeats throughout that song, was sung by Byrd."

First James, now Bobby? The JB family is getting smaller and smaller, that's for sure. Anyway, here's a single he released after he left James, just good ol' mid-70s funk. He re-recorded this for his 1994 album "On The Move". And yes, I'm aware of the irony in the title...

"What you gon' play now?"

"Back From The Dead"
(single A-side, International Brothers 901) 1975

Get it here: Bobby Byrd - Back From The Dead

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