Clarence Gatemouth Brown, guitarist
birth name: Clarence Brown born

Clarence Gatemouth Brown

April 18, 1924, Vinton, LA ~ September 10, 2005, Orange, TX

“A lot of people play music for the wrong reasons. I never played to get women, though I had my share. I didn't do it for the money, though it pays the bills. I realized early on that I could create something beautiful that would build love within the people who came out to hear it.” ~ Clarence Gatemouth Brown

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April 18, 1992 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (12) Kris Kross, Jump ~ #2 (2) Eric Clapton, Tears In Heaven ~ #1 (1) Vanessa Williams, Save The Best For Last


Brown recorded frequently, documenting most periods of his career, and toured incessantly, playing as many as 300 dates per year in the United States and abroad. Referred to as ‘the Count Basie of the blues,’ his expansive repertoire embraced bluegrass, zydeco, Cajun, and jazz, as well as the blues. “I don't want people to call me no blues player,” Brown told Chris Morris in Billboard. “I'm an American musician.” Brown also gained a reputation for presenting a high-energy stage show, and for his combative personality that boasted of his own prowess as a musician. This same scrappy quality, however, gave his music the deep integrity of an artist who accepted no compromises. ~ Musicianguide: Clarence Gatemouth Brown ~ September 8, 2013 © Musicianguide

Clarence Gatemouth Brown ~ Inducted in the 1999 Blues Hall Of Fame.

Clarence Gatemouth Brown ~ Gate's On The Heat (1974) ~ #94 #DLW500 Dylan's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time in 2012

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