Verb’s Top 5 Hype Men: Bobby Byrd

“But my last choice –my favorite—all time Hype Man—
Bobby Byrd
Listen to them James Brown records from the 60s—On Sex Machine–he’s the guy sayin’
“Get on up” after James says “Stay on the scene” –“Get on up”
Sex Machine don’t work—none of these old James songs work without him
“Stay on the scene! Get on up! Like a sex machine! Get on up!”- Verb from HYPE MAN p. 84

Verb’s last and favorite of his top 5 hype men is Bobby Byrd!

Bobby Byrd was long time Hype man, and co-vocalist to James Brown.  He is best known for his performances in Licking Stick – Licking StickGet Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine and Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved. Bobby Byrd and James Brown met in a Georgia youth detention facility where Byrd’s local baseball team played the prison team of which Brown was a member. It was Bobby Byrd’s family that sponsored his release and took him in afterwards

Check out the video of James Brown and Bobby Byrd performing “Sex Machine” and you will get a great picture of what Verb is describing in the play: