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Ruth Brown biography

Ruth Brown Born: January 1, 1928, Portsmouth, Virginia

Brown’s smooth vocals made the rhythm and blues charts regularly between 1949 and 1955, and helped a then-fledgling Atlantic Records establish itself as a formidable presence in the R&B world. Later in her long and versatile career she became known as a rock and roll and pop singer as well as a stage and film actress, winning a Tony award on Broadway. She has influenced many R&B and soul artists, and her enduring talent is evidenced by her recent solo recordings and guest appearances with artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Shemekia Copeland and B.B. King, as well as a Grammy win in the late 1980s. Brown continues to perform.

Ruth Brown on record

Essential listening: “(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean,” “Teardrops From My Eyes,” “Don’t Deceive Me,” “Mambo Baby”

  Ruth Brown