Bobby Byrd – James Brown’s longtime “hype man” and singing partner – died Wednesday in his Georgia home.
In Mr. Byrd’s honor, I’m streaming his 1971 single “Hot Pants – I’m Coming, Coming, I’m Coming.”
Made during the apogee of James Brown’s funky empire, this record is 2½ minutes of fire and smoke. And Bobby holds up his end with a down-home, gutty vocal. His voice will not be forgotten.