Singer Ruth Brown
birth name: Ruth Alston Weston

Ruth Brown

January 12, 1928, Portsmouth, VA ~ November 17, 2006, Las Vegas, NV

They called Atlantic Records “the house that Ruth built” during the 1950s, and they weren't referring to the Sultan of Swat. Ruth Brown's regal hitmaking reign from 1949 to the close of the '50s helped tremendously to establish the New York label's predominance in the R&B field. Later, the business all but forgot her - she was forced to toil as domestic help for a time - but she returned to the top, her status as a postwar R&B pioneer (and tireless advocate for the rights and royalties of her peers) recognized worldwide. ~ Allmusic: Ruth Brown ~ retrieved November 15, 2013 © Allmusic

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January 12, 1963 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (3) Chubby Checker, Limbo Rock ~ #2 (1) the Tornadoes, Telstar ~ #1 (2) Steve Lawrence, Go Away Little Girl


Blanche Calloway, Cab Calloway's sister, also a bandleader, arranged a gig for Brown at a Washington, D.C. nightclub called Crystal Caverns and soon became her manager. Willis Conover, a Voice of America disc jockey, caught her act with Duke Ellington and recommended her to Atlantic Records bosses, Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson. Brown was unable to audition as planned because of a serious car accident that resulted in a nine-month hospital stay. She signed with Atlantic Records on her hospital bed. ~ Wikipedia: Ruth Brown ~ retrieved November 15, 2013 © Wikipedia

Ruth Brown ~ Inducted in the 1993 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame ~ In the Fifties, Ruth Brown was known as “Miss Rhythm,” a testament to her stature as a female rhythm & blues singer whose only serious competition was Dinah Washington. Signed to Atlantic Records in 1948 by label founders Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson, Brown gave the fledgling company its third-ever hit with So Long, a simple, bluesy showcase for her torchy, church- and jazz-schooled voice that entered the Billboard R&B chart in September of 1949. ~ 1993 © Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

Ruth Brown ~ Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean (Lance/Singleton/Wallace) ~ Named one of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll in 1995.

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