Personalities | Ruth Brown | Roots of Rock

(Vocals, 1928–2006)

Beginning in 1949 Ruth Brown’s soulful voice put Atlantic Records on the map with a string of R&B classics like ‘So Long’, ‘Teardrops In My Eyes’ and ‘(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean’. Two-dozen hits later in 1960 Brown left the music business, enduring difficult times before resurging in the mid-1970s as a Broadway star. Her attempts to regain unpaid royalties led to the formation of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation, which helps struggling R&B artists.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley


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