Bobby Byrd (R&B Singer) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born


Bobby Howard Byrd was an American R&B/soul singer, songwriter, bandleader, talent scout, record producer, and musician, who played an integral and important part in the development of soul and funk music in association with James Brown. Byrd began his career in 1952 as member of the gospel group the Gospel Starlighters, who later changed their name to the Avons in 1953 and the Five Royals in 1954, before settling with the name the Flames in 1955 prior to Brown’s joining the group; their agent later changed it to The Famous Flames. Byrd was the actual founder of The Flames and is credited with the discovery of James Brown. He also claims responsibility for writing most of James Brown’s hits. As group founder, and one of the longest-serving members of the group, Byrd was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame posthumously in 2012. Byrd was also a 1998 recipient of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Pioneer Award.

Birth name: Bobby Howard Byrd
Also known as: “Byrd”
Born: August 15, 1934, Toccoa, Georgia, U.S.
Died: September 12, 2007, Loganville, Georgia, U.S.
Genres: Soul, R&B, funk
Occupation(s): Singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, talent scout
Years active: 1955–1996
Labels: King, Polydor, People, Kwanza, Atlantic
Associated acts: James Brown, The Famous Flames, Maceo Parker, Carleen Anderson, Vicki Anderson, Johnny Terry, Bobby Bennett, Baby Lloyd Stallworth
IMDb: Bobby Byrd’s IMDb

About Bobby Byrd

Remembered as the founder of the influential R&B group The Famous Flames, he was also responsible for discovering the acclaimed funk and soul vocalist James Brown. In 1998, Byrd was chosen by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation as the recipient of the prestigious Pioneer Award.

Before Fame

Early in his career, he performed with a church choral group known as the Zioneers. Later, he joined vocal ensembles called the Gospel Starlighters and the Avons.


In 2012, he became a posthumous inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Family Life

He and his sister, Sarah, spent their childhoods in Toccoa, Georgia. During his marriage to soul singer Vicki Anderson (which lasted from the early 1970s until his death in 2007), Byrd raised children named Keisha, Carleen, Bartlett, Anthony, and James.


Byrd, James Brown, Bootsy Collins, and Catfish Collins collaborated on the hit 1970 funk and R&B track “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine.”

Information related to Bobby Byrd

  • Bobby Byrd, James Brown, and The Famous Flames from Last FM
  • Bobby Byrd Discography
  • The Times Obituary for Bobby Byrd
  • Bobby Byrd – Condolence book (Hungarian)
  • Bobby Byrd eulogy from Rolling Stone .
  • Bobby Byrd page on Future Rock Legends

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Latest information about Bobby Byrd updated on September 11, 2020.

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