April 11 – James Brown and Famous Flames ‘Please Please Please’

 Godfather of Soul 

22 year-old South Carolina singer-songwriter James Brown‘s first recording Please, Please, Please hits the charts, where it rises to USR&B#5.

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.

In the next 50 years Brown plants over 40 singles in the US top-40. In 2003 Rolling Stone names six of his songs among its 500 greatest. I Got You (1965) 

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 PenguinsEarth Angel.

In 2012 Byrd and the Flames are inducted into the Rock HoF.

▷Rock HoF:James Brown (1986)▹
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