Personalities | Ruth Brown | Fifties | Jazz & Blues

(Vocals, b. 1928)

Ruth Alston Weston was born in Portsmouth, Virginia. She was heard performing in Washington, DC, where she was recommended to Atlantic Records. Her 1950 R&B number one ‘Teardrops From Your Eyes’ was followed by four more, including ‘(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean’, and she was so successful that the fledgeling label became known as ‘the house that Ruth built’. After a period away from music in the 1960s and 1970s, Brown re-emerged to great acclaim for work on radio, TV, stage and film.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Jazz & Blues, founding editor Howard Mandel


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