Godfather of Soul
Written with singer Johnny Terry, backed by pianist Bobby Byrd‘s Famous Flames (*), the impassioned performance eventually sells over 3 million. It’s the title track on his 1959 debut studio album, which includes his first USR&B#1, Try Me.
Rolling Stone also numbers 1963 album Live at the Apollo (recorded Oct. 24, 1962) at #24 of its top-500 albums; it’s added to the National Recording Registry in 2004, along with Muddy Waters song Hoochie Coochie Man and The Penguins‘ Earth Angel.
In 2012 Byrd and the Flames are inducted into the Rock HoF.