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James Brown & The Famous Flames

Band, 1953-1968 US
R&B/Soul

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.

     
Popular Tracks   
I Got You (I Feel Good) on I Got You by James Brown & The Famous Flames
It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World on It's A Man's Man's Man's World by James Brown & The Famous Flames
Please, Please, Please - Live At The Apollo Theater/1967 on 'Live' At The Apollo by James Brown & The Famous Flames
Try Me on Prisoner Of Love by James Brown
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - Pt. 1 on Papa's Got A Brand New Bag by James Brown & The Famous Flames
Think on Think! by James Brown & The Famous Flames
Prisoner Of Love on Prisoner Of Love by James Brown
There Was A Time - Kenny Dope Remix on Verve Remixed 4 by Various Artists
Night Train on I Got You by James Brown & The Famous Flames
I'll Go Crazy on Think! by James Brown & The Famous Flames

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Discography



Title Artist Year Type
You've Got The Power - The Complete 1956-1962 Federal & King SinglesJames Brown & The Famous Flames2018Compil.
(Can You) Feel ItJames Brown & The Famous Flames2017Compil.
Timeless Classic AlbumsJames Brown & The Famous Flames, James Brown2017Album
Shout And ShimmyJames Brown & The Famous Flames2017Compil.
The Roots Of Revolution: Classic Federal Recordings 1956-1960James Brown & The Famous Flames2016Compil.
Night Train / ThinkJames Brown & The Famous Flames2015Single
Before There Was Funk...There Was...James Brown & The Famous Flames2014Compil.
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Live) / Got My Mojo Working - Get LooseJames Brown & The Famous Flames2014Single
Chonnie-On-Chon / I Feel That Old Feeling Coming OnJames Brown / James Brown & The Famous Flames2014Single
Please Please Please + Think!James Brown & The Famous Flames2011Compil.
James Brown And The Famous FlamesJames Brown & The Famous Flames2011Compil.
Tighten UpMaceo Parker With James Brown & The Famous Flames2007Single
James Brown And The Famous FlamesJames Brown & The Famous Flames1996Compil.
James Brown And The Famous FlamesJames Brown & The Famous Flames1995Compil.
This Is James Brown, Vol. 1James Brown & The Famous Flames1991Compil.
The Federal Years... Part OneJames Brown & The Famous Flames1984Compil.
The Federal Years ... Part TwoJames Brown & The Famous Flames1984Compil.
Baby Don't Do It / How Long Can I Keep It UpLyn Collins & James Brown & The Famous Flames1975Single
Stand Up And Be Counted / My Lonely HourJames Brown & The Famous Flames1971Single
James Brown's Greatest HitsJames Brown & The Famous Flames1970Compil.
James Brown's Greatest HitsJames Brown & The Famous Flames1968Compil.
Maybe Good, Maybe BadJames Brown & The Famous Flames1968Single
I Can't Stand Myself / Shout BamalamaJames Brown & The Famous Flames, Otis Redding1968Single
James Brown Plays Nothing But SoulJames Brown & The Famous Flames1968Album
I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch MeJames Brown & The Famous Flames1968Album
That's LifeJames Brown & The Famous Flames1968Single
Live At The Apollo - Volume IIJames Brown & The Famous Flames1968Album
Here I GoJames Brown & The Famous Flames1968Single
I Got The Feelin'James Brown & The Famous Flames1968Album
Licking Stick - Licking StickJames Brown & The Famous Flames1968Single
King Of SoulJames Brown & The Famous Flames1968Album
I Got The Feelin' / Bring it upJames Brown & The Famous Flames1968Single
I Guess I'll Have To Cry, Cry, CryJames Brown & The Famous Flames1968Single
I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me) / There Was A TimeJames Brown & The Famous Flames1968Single
Say It Loud - I am Black and I'm Proud / Licking Stick - Licking Stick (Part1)James Brown & The Famous Flames1968Single
I Got The Feelin' / If I Ruled The WorldJames Brown & The Famous Flames1968Single
America Is My HomeJames Brown & The Famous Flames1968Single
Licking StickJames Brown, James Brown & The Famous Flames1968Single
Get It TogetherJames Brown & The Famous Flames1967Single
Kansas City / Stone FoxJames Brown & The Famous Flames1967Single
Live At The GardenJames Brown & The Famous Flames1967Album
Cold SweatJames Brown & The Famous Flames1967Single
I Loves You Porgy / Yours And MineJames Brown & The Famous Flames1967Single
Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This YearJames Brown & The Famous Flames1967Single
James BrownJames Brown & The Famous Flames1967Compil.
Bring It Up / Nobody KnowsJames Brown & The Famous Flames1967Single
Let Yourself Go / Good Rockin' TonightJames Brown & The Famous Flames1967Single
Bring It UpJames Brown & The Famous Flames1967Single
Cold SweatJames Brown & The Famous Flames1967Album
It Won't Be Me/Mona LisaJames Brown & The Famous Flames1967Single
The Unbeatable James BrownJames Brown & The Famous Flames1967Compil.
Funky Soul #1James Brown & The Famous Flames1967Single
I Got You (I Feel Good) / Cold SweatJames Brown & The Famous Flames1967Single
James Brown's Greatest HitsJames Brown & The Famous Flames1966Compil.
I Got You (I Feel Good)James Brown & The Famous Flames1966Single
Mr. Dynamite - James BrownJames Brown & The Famous Flames1966Compil.
Mashed Potatoes "66"James Brown & The Famous Flames1966Single
Tell Me What You're Gonna Do / Come Over HereJames Brown & The Famous Flames1966Single
Ain't That A GrooveJames Brown & The Famous Flames1966Single
How Long Darling / This Old HeartJames Brown & The Famous Flames1966Single
Lost Someone / I'll Go CrazyJames Brown & The Famous Flames1966Single
It's A Man's Man's Man's World / Is It Yes Or Is It No?James Brown & The Famous Flames1966Single
Don't Be A Drop-Out / Tell Me That You Love MeJames Brown & The Famous Flames1966Single
Money Won't Change YouJames Brown & The Famous Flames1966Single
The Christmas SongJames Brown & The Famous Flames1966Single
Sweet Little Baby BoyJames Brown & The Famous Flames1966Single
Mighty Instrumental'sJames Brown & The Famous Flames1966Album
I Got You (I Feel Good) / Shout And ShimmyJames Brown & The Famous Flames1965Single
It's A Man's Man's Man's World / Papa's Got A Brand New BagJames Brown & The Famous Flames1965Single
I Got You (I Feel Good)James Brown & The Famous Flames1965Single
Tell Me What You're Gonna Do / Lost SomeoneJames Brown & The Famous Flames1965Single
Papa's Got A Brand New BagJames Brown & The Famous Flames1965Single
This Old Heart / It Was YouJames Brown & The Famous Flames1965Single
Fine Old Foxy Self / MedleyJames Brown & The Famous Flames1964Single
Oh Baby Don't You WeepJames Brown & The Famous Flames1964Single
Prisoner Of Love / Three Hearts In A TangleJames Brown & The Famous Flames1964Single
Again / How Long DarlingJames Brown & The Famous Flames1964Single
Have Mercy Baby / Just Won't Do Right (I Stay In The Chapel Every Night)James Brown & The Famous Flames1964Single
Try Me / ThinkJames Brown & The Famous Flames1964Single
Tell Me What You're Gonna Do / I Don't CareJames Brown & The Famous Flames1964Single
Please, Please, Please / In The Wee Wee Hours (Of The Nite)James Brown & The Famous Flames1964Single
So Long / Dancin' Little ThingJames Brown & The Famous Flames1964Single
Like A BabyJames Brown & The Famous Flames1963Single
The Bells / I've Got To ChangeJames Brown & The Famous Flames1963Single
The Soul Of James Brown With The Famous FlamesJames Brown & The Famous Flames1963Compil.
James Brown And The Famous FlamesJames Brown & The Famous Flames1963Compil.
Signed, Sealed, And Delivered / Waiting In VainJames Brown & The Famous Flames1963Single
Prisoner Of Love / Choo-ChooJames Brown & The Famous Flames1963Single
These Foolish ThingsJames Brown & The Famous Flames1963Single
Night Train / Why Does Everything Happen To MeJames Brown & The Famous Flames1962Single
Night Train / Shout And ShimmyJames Brown & The Famous Flames1962Single
Shout And Shimmy / Come Over HereJames Brown & The Famous Flames1962Single
This Old Heart / Good Good Lovin'James Brown & The Famous Flames1962Single
Three Hearts In A Tangle / I've Got MoneyJames Brown & The Famous Flames1962Single
TwistJames Brown & The Famous Flames1962Single
Mashed Potatoes U.S.A. / You Don't Have To GoJames Brown & The Famous Flames1962Single
Tour The U.S.A.James Brown & The Famous Flames1962Album
Baby, You're Right / I'll Never, Never Let You GoJames Brown & The Famous Flames1961Single
Lost SomeoneJames Brown & The Famous Flames1961Single
BewilderedJames Brown & The Famous Flames1961Single
Just You & Me, Darling / I Love You, Yes I DoJames Brown & The Famous Flames1961Single
I Don't Mind / Love Don't Love NobodyJames Brown & The Famous Flames1961Single
The Amazing James BrownJames Brown & The Famous Flames1961Album
Think / You've Got The PowerJames Brown & The Famous Flames1960Single
Think!James Brown & The Famous Flames1960Album
Wonder When You're Coming Home / This Old HeartJames Brown & The Famous Flames1960Single
I'll Go Crazy / I Know It's TrueJames Brown & The Famous Flames1960Single
There Must Be A Reason / I Want You So BadJames Brown & The Famous Flames1959Single
Good Good Lovin' / Don't Let It Happen To MeJames Brown & The Famous Flames1959Single
Try Me!James Brown & The Famous Flames1959Album
Please Please PleaseJames Brown & The Famous Flames1959Single
I've Got To Change / It Hurts To Tell YouJames Brown & The Famous Flames1959Single
Got To CryJames Brown & The Famous Flames1959Single
Please, Please, PleaseJames Brown & The Famous Flames1959Single
Please Please PleaseJames Brown & The Famous Flames1959Single
Begging, Begging / That's When I Lost My HeartJames Brown & The Famous Flames1958Single
Try Me (I Need You) / Tell Me What I Did WrongJames Brown & The Famous Flames1958Album
Please, Please, PleaseJames Brown & The Famous Flames1958Album
Chonnie-On-Chon / I Won't Plead No MoreJames Brown / James Brown & The Famous Flames1957Single
Gonna Try / Can't Be The SameJames Brown & The Famous Flames1957Single
You're Mine, You're Mine / I Walked AloneJames Brown & The Famous Flames1957Single
That Dood ItJames Brown & The Famous Flames1957Single
Just Won't Do Right / Let's Make ItJames Brown & The Famous Flames1957Single
No, No, No, No / Hold My Baby's HandJames Brown & The Famous Flames1956Album
Please, Please, PleaseJames Brown & The Famous Flames1956Single
I Don't Know / I Feel That Old Feeling Coming OnJames Brown & The Famous Flames1956Single
Please, Please, Please = プリーズ , プリーズ , プリーズ / Try Me = トライ · ミーJames Brown & The Famous FlamesSingle
Sudor Frío / FiebreJames Brown & The Famous FlamesSingle
His Golden Hits - Vol. 1James Brown & The Famous FlamesSingle
I Feel AlrightJames Brown & The Famous FlamesSingle
Think / Hold Your Lovin'James Brown & The Famous Flames / Titus TurnerSingle
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