The Famous Flames were an American vocal group, founded in Toccoa, Georgia, in 1953 by singer Bobby Byrd. Founded after Byrd had sung with the gospel group, the Gospel Starlighters, the group was founded under the name, the Avons, and performed around the Georgia-South Carolina border. The group was known for launching the career of James Brown, who joined the group in late 1954, replacing singer Troy Collins. After performing under the names the Toccoa Band and the Flames, they became the Famous Flames on the suggestion of a club owner, who became their agent. The group initially found fame with the hit ballads, 'Please, Please, Please' and 'Try Me'. After numerous disagreements that caused band members to leave, the group's name changed to The Famous Flames With James Brown and then to James Brown and The Famous Flames, by 1959. Original band mate Byrd, who left the group in 1957, rejoined in 1959.