viernes, 9 de abril de 2010

·"Please, Please, Please" - James Brown and His Famous Flames

James Brown was born to Susie (née Behlings) and Joseph ("Joe") James Gardner (who changed his name to Brown after Mattie Brown who raised him)in the small town of Barnwell, South Carolina in the Jim Crow South during the Depression era. Brown and his family lived in extreme poverty.When Brown was two years old, his parents separated after his mother left his father for another man. His father sent him to live with an aunt, who ran a house of prostitution, and even though Brown lived with relatives, he spent long stretches of time on his own, hanging out on the streets and hustling to get by. During his childhood, Brown earned money shining shoes, sweeping out stores, selling and trading in old stamps, washing cars and dishes and singing in talent contests. Between earning money from these adventures, Brown was inspired to become an entertainer after watching Louis Jordan, a popular jazz and R&B performer during the 1940s, and His Tympany Five in a short film performing "Caldonia". In his spare time, Brown spent time practicing his various skills in Augusta-area stalls and committing petty crimes. At the age of sixteen, he was convicted of armed robbery and sent to a juvenile detention center upstate in Toccoa in 1949. While Brown was in reformatory, he became acquainted with Bobby Byrd, who first saw Brown perform in prison. Byrd watched and admired Brown's ability to sing and perform. Byrd's family helped Brown secure an early release after serving three years of his sentence. The authorities agreed to release Brown on the condition that he would get a job and not return to Augusta or Richmond County. After stints as a boxer and baseball pitcher in semi-professional baseball (a career move ended by a leg injury), Brown turned his energy toward music. In 1955, Brown and Bobby Byrd's sister Sarah performed in a group called "The Gospel Starlighters". Eventually, Brown joined Bobby Byrd's vocal group, the Avons, and Byrd turned the group's sound towards secular rhythm and blues. After the group's name was changed to The Flames, Brown and Byrd's group signed a deal with the Cincinnati, Ohio-based label Federal Records, a sister label of King Records. The group's first recording was the single "Please, Please, Please" (1956). The single was a #5 R&B hit, selling over a million copies. Nine subsequent singles released by The Flames failed to live up to the success of their debut, and the group was in danger of being dropped by King Records. Brown's early recordings were fairly straightforward gospel-inspired R&B compositions, heavily influenced by the work of contemporary musicians such as Ray Charles and Little Richard. Little Richard's relations with Brown were particularly significant in Brown's development as a musician and showman. Brown once called Richard his idol, and credited Richard's saxophone-studded mid-1950s road band, The Upsetters, with being the first to put the funk in the rock and roll beat. When Richard left pop music in 1957 to become a preacher, Brown filled out Richard's remaining tour dates in his place. Several former members of Little Richard's backup band joined Brown's group after Richard's exit from the pop music scene. Brown's group returned to the charts to stay in 1958 with the #1 R&B hit "Try Me". This hit record was the best-selling R&B single of the year, becoming the first of 17 chart-topping R&B singles by Brown over the next two decades. By the time "Try Me" was released on record, the group's billing was changed to James Brown and The Famous Flames. "The Famous Flames" was a vocal group, not a backing band. This is their first LP.


01- Please, Please, Please
02- Chonnie-On-Chon
03- Hold My Baby's Hand
04- I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On
05- Just Won't Do Right
06- Baby Cries Over The Ocean
07- I Don't Know
08- Tell Me What I Did Wrong
09- Try Me
10- That Dood It
11- Begging, Begging
12- I Walked Alone
13- No, No, No, No
14- That's When I Lost My Heart
15- Let's Make It
16- Love Or A Game

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