14 February 1943, Kinston, North Carolina, USA. Tenor saxophonist Maceo, and his brother Melvin (b. Kinston, North Carolina, USA; drums), played in various high school bands before joining the James Brown revue in 1964. They featured on several of the artists seminal recordings before embarking on an independent career in March 1970. Their new group, Maceo And The Kings Men, was completed by other defecting members of Browns troupe. Richard Kush Griffith (b. 8 August 1948, Louisville, Kentucky, USA, d. 18 June 2007, Louisville, Kentucky, USA; trumpet), Joseph Joe Davis (trumpet), L.D. Eldee Williams (tenor saxophone), Jimmy Nolen (guitar), Alphonso Country Kellum (guitar) and Bernard Odum (bass) were all serving members of the James Brown Orchestra, and similarities between both groups music were thus inevitable. Despite this, however, neither of the Kings Men albums sold well, and...
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