James Brown & The Famous Flames
Please Please Please is the debut studio album by the Famous Flames under the billing "James Brown and His Famous Flames", featuring the first album of.and can can
In , the Flames were living in Macon, GA. Requests began to pile up in the mail, and on the telephone. All of the labels, with the exception of Specialty, were interested. Leonard Chess even mailed a contract and told Brantley that he was going to fly down to Macon. Nathan called Stone and told him to drive up to Macon and sign the group. The race was on, and Bass won it.
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The group's debut recording and first chart hit, it has come to be recognized as their signature song. In , James Brown was released from a youth detention center in Toccoa, Georgia after Bobby Byrd and his family sponsored him. Brown's warden agreed to the release on the condition that Brown not return to Augusta. After his release, Brown briefly pursued a career in sports before starting his musical career as a gospel vocalist with the group the Ever-Ready Gospel Singers. When a member of Bobby Byrd's vocal group, the Avons, died in , Byrd asked Brown to join his group. A year later, after performing as the Five Royals, they became the Flames, playing all over Georgia and South Carolina.
Click the full post to read liner notes, links to more information, and a transcript of the episode. As always, I've created a Mixcloud streaming playlist with full versions of all the songs in the episode. I relied mostly on two books for this episode. James Brown: The Godfather of Soul , by James Brown with Bruce Tucker, is a celebrity autobiography with all that that entails, but a more interesting read than many. And this two-CD compilation has all Brown's singles from through This podcast is brought to you by the generosity of my backers on Patreon.
JAMES BROWN AND HIS FAMOUS FLAMES please, please, please
"Please, Please, Please" - James Brown and The Famous Flames (1956) (HD Quality)