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“Try Me”, titled “Try Me (I Need You)” in its original release, is a song recorded by James Brown and The Famous Flames in 1958. It was a #1 R&B hit and charted #48 Pop - the group's first appearance on the Billboard Hot 100. It was Brown and the Flames' second charting single, ending a two-year dry spell after the success of “Please, Please, Please”.
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Released in October 1958, the song became their first to crack the R&B charts in three years and their first ever to crack the Billboard Hot 100 after their relative failure of “Please, Please, Please” peaking at number 5 on Billboard's Bubbling Under chart (or #105). The song peaked at number one on the R&B chart in February of 1959 and reached number 48 on the Hot 100. The song sold over a million copies and saved the Famous Flames from having their contract dropped due to lack of hits following the original Famous Flames disbanding and Brown's struggles to deal with the group and their performances on the chitlin' circuit. The song was also the best-selling R&B single of 1958, and its success gave Brown confidence in his own abilities as a musician and gave him the needs to build his career. In the year “Try Me” hit number one, Brown decided he needed to reprogram his entire lineup of Famous Flames. After the recording, Robert Gram decided to retire after he decided to marry. He was replaced by J. C. Davis' former valet, Bobby Bennett. Lloyd Stallworth had already joined the group by then, having replaced Bill Hollings. Brown sought his old friend and group founder Bobby Byrd, who had performed with some members of the group under the name Drops of Joy. Brown told Byrd that he was planning an extended U.S. tour and he wanted some of the old Flames to rejoin him. Not all of them did. Byrd convinced only Nafloyd Scott to join the lineup while he also rejoined the group. The other original Flames, Sylvester Keels, Nash Knox, Fred Pulliam, and Doyle Oglesby, faded into obscurity. Johnny Terry would later appear in and out of the group. With the classic lineup of the Famous Flames completed, with Byrd also adding more musicians to Brown's band, the group began a U.S. tour which included a debut performance at the Apollo Theater, where the group began to make their biggest claim to success. “Try Me” was included on the albums Please Please Please and Try Me!.
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