Blues The best music site on the web there is where you can read about and listen to blues, jazz, classical music and much more. This is your ultimate music resource. Tons of albums can be found within. Wed, 01 Apr 2020 19:01:41 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Ruth Brown - Gospel Time (1963) Ruth Brown - Gospel Time (1963)

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A1 	Morning Train 	
A2 	Will The Circle Be Unbroken 	
A3 	Deep River 	
A4 	He's Got The Whole World In His Hands 	
A5 	Milky White Way 	
A6 	Satisfied 	
B1 	I've Got Shoes 	
B2 	Just A Closer Walk With Thee 	
B3 	There'll Be Peace In The Valley For Me 	
B4 	Swing Low, Sweet Chariot 	
B5 	Walk With Me Lord

Ruth Brown - vocals
Ray Stevens - organ
Jerry Kennedy, Harold Bradley - guitars
Bob Moore - bass
Hargus "Pig" Robbins - piano
Buddy Harmon - drums
The Milestone Singers - backing vocals


Gospel Time, Ruth Brown's first and only gospel album, was recorded in 1963 in Nashville under Shelby Singleton's direction, using country musicians. Ray Stevens of "Ahab the Arab" fame plays organ. Vocal backgrounds are by the Milestone Singers. The most impressive cuts are "Closer Walk With Thee," with soulful guitar licks from Jerry Kennedy and Harold Bradley; "Peace in the Valley," with nice piano triplets by Harold "Pig" Robbins; the beautiful "Walk With Me"; and a fabulous version of "Milky White Way." Brown even tries her hand at preaching in a rocking version of "Morning Train." This is a surprisingly fine album. ---Opal Nations, AllMusic Review

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]]> (bluesever) Ruth Brown Mon, 18 Jun 2018 14:27:58 +0000
Ruth Brown - Blues on Broadway (1989) Ruth Brown - Blues on Broadway (1989)

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1. Nobody Knows You When You're Down And Out	5:36
2. Good Morning, Heartache	5:57
3. If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' On It	5:22	
4. Tain't Nobody's Biz-Ness If I Do	9:18
5. St. Louis Blues	9:32	
6. Am I Blue	5:53	
7. I'm Just A Lucky So And So	5:49	
8. I Don't Break Dance	5:19	
9. Come Sunday	5:26

Ruth Brown (vocals);
Rodney Jones (guitar, banjo); 
Hank Crawford (alto saxophone); 
Red Holloway (tenor saxophone); 
Spanky Davis (trumpet); 
Britt Woodman (trombone); 
Bobby Forrester (piano, Hammond B-3 organ); 
Al McKibbon (acoustic bass); 
Grady Tate (drums).


Ruth Brown was starring on Broadway in Black and Blue when she recorded her second Fantasy set. The emphasis is on ancient standards (mostly from the 1920s) that predated Brown's rise as an R&B star in the '50s. Assisted by trumpeter Spanky Davis, tenorman Red Holloway, trombonist Britt Woodman, a rhythm section led by pianist/organist Bobby Forrester and (on three numbers) altoist Hank Crawford, Brown makes such songs as "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," "If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' on It" and "Am I Blue" sound as if they were written for her. ---Scott Yanow, Rovi

Blues singer Ruth Brown's "Blues on Broadway," (Fantasy, 1989) catches her at the peak of her 1980's comeback. She had excellent help in arranging its contents, and expert backing, from Spanky Davis, trumpet; Hank Crawford, alto sax; Red Holloway, tenor sax; Britt Woodman, trombone; Bobby Forrester, piano and organ; Rodney Jones, guitar and banjo, who arranged "I Don't Breakdance;" Al McKibbon, acoustic bass, and Grady Tate, drums. The album finds her largely in the mood for blues standards.

Brown was ably backed by these first-rate musicians, and gives strong renditions of "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," "Good Morning Heartache," "Tain't Nobody's Biz-ness if I Do," W.C. Handy's "St. Louis Blues," "Am I Blue," and Duke Ellington's "I'm Just a Lucky So and So." Finally, Brown gives a characteristically sly rendition of Andy Razaf's wink-wink, nod-nod "If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' on It."

The Virginia -born Brown was the daughter of a dock hand who led the local church choir, and it's there she got her earliest training, but she soon showed a marked preference for more show biz-zy repertoire and venues. In the late 1940's, early 1950's, she brought her pop singing style to then-fledgling Atlantic Records, where she was redirected to blues. She had a series of 1950's hits for them, principally "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean,"" So Long," and "Teardrops from My Eyes." In fact, Atlantic was known for a time as "The House That Ruth Built." From 1949-1955, she was on the R & B charts for 149 weeks, with 16 hits in the top ten, and five #1s. Brown sat out the sixties, raising her family, and started coming back in the mid 70's. She then focused on pressing for musicians' rights in regard to royalties and contracts, and helped organize the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.

The album is aptly named for Broadway; there's no question that Brown was a show biz-zy performer, who did, in fact, star on the great white way during her career. She passed from us in 2006, but leaves us a filmed memento, exuberantly playing dj Motormouth Maybelle, in John Walters's original "Hairspray." A blues-loving girlfriend and I were lucky enough to once catch her live, during the 1980's, at Michael's Pub, in New York. You know what? She was very entertaining. ---Stephanie De Pue,

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]]> (bluesever) Ruth Brown Sat, 17 May 2014 16:20:33 +0000
Ruth Brown & LaVern Baker – Wild Wild Woman (2006) Ruth Brown & LaVern Baker – Wild Wild Woman (2006)

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01. Lavern Baker - Jim Dandy 
02. Ruth Brown - Wild, Wild Young Man 
03. Lavern Baker - How Can You Leave A Man Like This 
04. Ruth Brown - Mambo Baby 
05. Lavern Baker - Soul On Fire 
06. Ruth Brown - Oh, What A Dream 
07. Lavern Baker - That's All I Need 
08. Ruth Brown - Somebody Touched Me 
09. Lavern Baker - I'm Living My Life For You
10. Ruth Brown - As Long As I'm Movin' 
11. Lavern Baker - Fee Fi Fo Fum 
12. Ruth Brown - Old Man River 
13. Lavern Baker - Tomorrow Night 
14. Ruth Brown & Clyde McPhatter - I Gotta Have You 
15. Lavern Baker - In A Crying Mood 
16. Ruth Brown - Love Contest 
17. Lavern Baker - You Better Stop 
18. Ruth Brown - I Want To Do More 
19. Lavern Baker - Bop-Ting-A-Ling
20. Ruth Brown - It's Love Baby (24 Hours Of The Day)
21. LaVern Baker - Play It Fair
22. Ruth Brown - Hello Little Boy
23. LaVern Baker - Mine All Mine
24. LaVern Baker - My Happiness Forever
25. Ruth Brown - Please Don't Freeze
26. Lavern Baker - Lots And Lots Of Love
27. Ruth Brown - Bye Bye Young Men
28. LaVern Baker - Tweedle Dee


Ruth Brown and LaVern Baker are the Rythm and Blues queens of Atlantic Records. And this CD proves that. While this doesn't have all their R'n'B hits on it, it has a lot of great music. Especially the hard to find duet with Ruth Brown and Clyde McPhatter "I Gotta Have You". Vintage, early 1950's rythm and blues music is very neglected and underappreciated music especially in the U.S. Although compared to much of it, Ruth Brown and Lavern Baker are more well known. I will recommend this CD to anyone who likes blues, r'n'b, or early rock'n'roll. I found the sound quality to be excellent,too. --- Bop Cat,

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]]> (bluesever) Ruth Brown Tue, 18 Oct 2011 18:34:01 +0000
Ruth Brown – Teardrops From My Eyes (2004) Ruth Brown – Teardrops From My Eyes (2004)

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1. It's Raining 	
2. So Long 	
3. I'll Get Along Somehow 
4. I'll Come Back Someday 
5. Sentimental Journey 
6. Teardrops from My Eyes 				play
7. R.B. Blues 	
8. I Know 	
9. I'll Wait for You 	
10. Standing in the Corner 	
11. Shine On (Big Bright Moon) 			play
12. Be Anything (But Be Mine) 
13. 5-10-15 Hours 	
14. Have a Good Time 
15. Daddy Daddy 	
16. Three Letters 	
17. Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean 	
18. Mend Your Ways 	
19. I Would If I Could 	
20. Wild Wild Young Men 	
21. The Tears Keep Tumbling Down 
22. Ever Since My Baby's Been Gone 	
23. If I Had Any Sense 	
24. If You Don't Want Me 	
25. Too Many Men 	
26. Hello Little Boy


Ruth Brown (January 30, 1928 – November 17, 2006) was an American pop and R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, composer and actress noted for bringing a pop music style to R&B music in a series of hit songs for Atlantic Records in the 1950s, such as "So Long", "Teardrops from My Eyes" and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean". For these contributions, Atlantic became known as "The house that Ruth built" (alluding to the popular nickname for Old Yankee Stadium).

Following a resurgence that began in the mid-1970s and peaked in the eighties, Brown used her influence to press for musicians' rights regarding royalties and contracts, which led to the founding of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Her performances in the Broadway musical Black and Blue earned Brown a Tony Award, and the original cast recording won a Grammy Award.

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]]> (bluesever) Ruth Brown Fri, 12 Aug 2011 19:25:14 +0000
Ruth Brown - A Good Day For The Blues (1998) Ruth Brown - A Good Day For The Blues (1998)

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1 Good Day for the Blues Lindsey, Rector
2 Can't Stand a Broke Man Lindsey, Penn, Whitsett
3 Never Let Me Go Scott, Scott
4 Hangin' by a Shoestring Barnett, Street
5 H.B.'s Funky Fable, Brown
6 A Lover Is Forever Goodman, Knobloch
7 Ice Water in Your Veins, Otis play
8 True Gayten
9 Cabbage Head Traditional
10 The Richest One, Carter
11 Be Good to Me Tonight Lindsey, Penn, Whitsett play
12 I Believe I Can Fly, Kelly

Ruth Brown (vocals);
Duke Robillard (guitar);
Bill Easley (flute, tenor saxophone);
Victor Goines (clarinet, baritone saxophone);
Ray Moore (alto saxophone);
Charlie Miller (trumpet);
John Touchy (trombone);
Davell Crawford, Bobby Forrester (piano);
Akira Tana (drums).


Now in the third or fourth stage of her indefatigable career, the 71-year-old Ruth Brown settles further into the two-pronged, stylistic groove established on her 1997 Bullseye debut, R+B=Ruth Brown. Backed by a bevy of New Orleans jazz and soul vets, Brown delivers a series of horn-inflected, indigo ballads like "Never Let Me Go," "True," and "The Richest One" that unearth the blues with an unruffled dignity reminiscent of Nina Simone or a less fragile Billie Holiday. On most of the rest of the material, Brown invokes her Broadway experience to become the archetypal blues mama who "don't take no mess." In that vein, "H.B.'s Funky Fable" is a humorous talk-sung tale for kids of all ages, and "Cabbage Head" resurrects the minstrel-vaudeville days of Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith with hilarious aplomb, as Brown nails the bawdy vernacular and trumpeter Abram Wilson spools out brassy asides that evoke the period perfectly. By the end of this Good Day, Brown proves she can inject gospel substance even into such Disney piffle as R. Kelly's "I Believe I Can Fly." --Britt Robson

On the Grammy-nominated A GOOD DAY FOR THE BLUES, "Miss Rhythm" continued to show she could still show off plenty of sass and brass after 50 years in the music business. One of Brown's strengths is the way she treats a ballad, whether she's twisting and stretching out the standard "Never Let Me Go" or turning Steve Goodman's "A Lover Is Forever" into a cocktail-lounge weeper.

Backed by a crack band that includes talented guitarist Duke Robillard, Miss Brown keeps the mood entertaining. Standout numbers include the Dixieland traditional "Cabbage Head," the humorous "Can't Stand a Broke Man," and the childhood parable "H.B.'s Funky Fable," all in which Brown takes on the guise of characters (including a no-nonsense spouse and a variety of woodland creatures). Not surprisingly, Brown also excels at more upbeat material, including the snappy "Be Good to Me Tonight" and the Johnny Otis shuffle "Ice Water in Your Veins." The most unexpected turn comes on a reading of the R. Kelly smash "I Believe I Can Fly," which Brown turns into sweeping epic that benefits from a slow buildup.

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]]> (bluesever) Ruth Brown Mon, 21 Feb 2011 09:31:47 +0000