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Two Five & J


Promo

 


25th & J

 

VMSoul Friends
Bill Magnus, Major Lance, Lakeside, Leroy Little, Chester B, JD Jackson, Tyrone Davis, Andrew Bailey, Betty Wright
 
Bobby Bennett, Baby Lloyd Stallworth, Bobby Bland
James Brown & the Famous Flames
 
Near the corner of Two Five & J (25th & Jefferson, Newport News, VA) in front of the New York Café, you could witness some of the greatest singers and best musicians in the world.  The 5 Keys, The Avalons, The Chateaus, The Leaders, David Williams, and even Baby Lloyd.

Born Eugene Lloyd Stallworth, Baby Lloyd could sing and boy could he move.  Some observers wonder if the legendary James Brown himself, borrowed a few moves from Baby Lloyd. 

Baby got hooked up with James Brown as one of The Famous Flames, becoming his part-time valet, driver, and even writing songs for James like, “Lost Somebody,” and singing background in songs like, “Bewildered,” and “This Old Heart.”


James Brown & the Famous Flames
Far left to right, Bobby Bennett, Eugene Lloyd Stallworth, and Bobby Byrd.with James Brown and bamd.
 
Baby Lloyd recorded a couple of singles himself, “I Need Love,” and "There Is Something On Your Mind.”

Baby Lloyd "There Is Something On Your Mind.”

If you check out the 1967 SMASH album, “James Brown Show,” a live recording of The Godfather of Soul’s stage act, you will hear James Brown’s personal MC, Danny Ray, introduce “The Pride & Joy, The Baby Boy,” Baby Lloyd opening the show!  Baby Lloyd opens like a ball of fire with the Rolling Stones‘ hit record, "I Can't Get No Satisfaction," and Lloyd follows that with, "The Dog."

Interesting enough, it was the longest-lasting Famous Flames lineup of, Bobby Bennett, Eugene Lloyd Stallworth, and Bobby Byrd as The Famous Flames, stealing the show from the headliners, The Rolling Stones, on the concert film, The T.A.M.I. Show when James Brown came on before the Rock group.