T. Graham Brown

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T. Graham Brown
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Brown performing at Nashville Palace, 2006
Background information
Birth name Anthony Graham Brown
Born (1954-10-30) October 30, 1954 (age 59)[1]
Arabi, Georgia, USA
Genres Country
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1986–present
Labels Capitol, Intersound, Madacy, Compendia, Aspirion
Associated acts Tanya Tucker
Website www.tgrahambrown.com

Anthony "T." Graham Brown (born October 30, 1954 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American country music singer. Active since 1986, Brown has recorded a total of thirteen studio albums, and has charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. Three of these singles — "Hell and High Water" and "Don't Go to Strangers" from 1986, and "Darlene" from 1988 — reached Number One, and eight more reached Top Ten.

Biography[edit]

Anthony Graham Brown was born October 30, 1954 in Atlanta, Georgia.[2] He first performed in a duo called Dirk & Tony from 1973-1975 before founding two more bands, "Reo Diamond" in 1975 and "T. Graham Brown's Rack of Spam" 1979. He married his wife Sheila in 1980. They have a son, Acme Geronimo Brown, born in 1989.

Musical career[edit]

Brown moved to Nashville in 1982 and found work singing advertising jingles for companies such as McDonald's, Disneyland, Budweiser, Coors, Stroh's, Almond Joy, Coca Cola, Sears, Dodge Trucks, Ford, Hardee's, Kentucky Fried Chicken, The Nashville Network, B.C.Powders, Dr. Pepper, Mountain Dew, 7-Up, Harrah's and many others. He was also the singing narrator in the Taco Bell "Run For the Border" television spots. Brown also found work as a songwriter for E.M.I. Publishing before signing to Capitol Records in 1984. He was with E.M.I. for 13 years.Brown's first release for the label, "Drowning in Memories", peaked at No.39 on the Billboard country charts. His debut album "I Tell It Like It Used To Be"'s title song went to No.7,followed by "I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again" No.4, giving way to a pair of number ones, "Hell and High Water" and"Don't Go To Strangers".

Brown's first release for the label, "Drowning in Memories", peaked at No. 39 and was never included on an album. After it came the No. 7 "I Tell It Like It Used to Be", the first single from his 1986 album of the same name. Counting its title track, this album accounted for four singles: the No. 3 "I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again" and two straight Number Ones in "Hell and High Water" and "Don't Go to Strangers".

Brown's second album for the label, Brilliant Conversationalist, followed a year later. Although none of its singles went to Number One, it accounted for three more Top Ten hits in its title track, followed by "She Couldn't Love Me Anymore" and "Last Resort".[2] A third album, 1988's Come as You Were, produced his third and final Number One in "Darlene". Then came the No. 7 title track and No. 30 "Never Say Never". In early 1990, he sang guest vocals on the multi-artist charity single "Tomorrow's World", as well as Tanya Tucker's single "Don't Go Out", from her album Tennessee Woman.

1990 also saw the release of his next album, Bumper to Bumper. This album's lead-off single "If You Could Only See Me Now" went Top Ten with a No. 6 peak, but the other singles — the No. 18 "Moonshadow Road" and No. 53 "I'm Sending One Up for You" — did not fare as well, with the latter being his first single to land outside the Top 40. That same year, he also released an unsuccessful greatest-hits package. His next album, You Can't Take It with You, only accounted for the No. 31 "With This Ring" before he exited Capitol in 1991.

Brown did not record another album until 1998's Wine into Water on the Intersound label. This album produced four more singles for him, although the No. 44 title track was the highest-charting single from it. He then released two more independent albums: The Next Right Thing in 2003 and The Present in 2006.

Brown joined Broadway icon Carol Channing for a duet of Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree on her 2012 album True To The Red, White, and Blue. He also recorded a duet of You Are So Beautiful with Lulu Roman (of Hee Haw fame) for her 2013 album At Last.[3] He appears on the 2013 Country/Gospel album [4]"Working On A Building" featuring a quartet version of the title song with Marty Raybon, Jimmy Fortune, and Trace Adkins that reached No.1 on the Gospel charts, the album was produced & arranged by Brown's personal Producer/Manager Mark Carman.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions
US Country CAN Country
1986 I Tell It Like It Used to Be 15
1987 Brilliant Conversationalist 23
1988 Come as You Were 22
1990 Bumper to Bumper 33
1991 You Can't Take It with You
1998 Wine into Water 47 19
2003 The Next Right Thing
2006 The Present

Live albums[edit]

Year Album
2001 Lives!
2004 Live at Billy Bob's Texas

Compilation albums[edit]

Year Album
1990 Greatest Hits
2007 Deja Vu All Over Again/The Best of T. Graham Brown

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1985 "Drowning in Memories" 39 Single only
"I Tell It Like It Used to Be" 7 I Tell It Like It Used to Be
1986 "I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again" 3 2
"Hell and High Water" 1 1
"Don't Go to Strangers" 1 1
1987 "Brilliant Conversationalist" 9 4 Brilliant Conversationalist
"She Couldn't Love Me Anymore" 4 3
1988 "The Last Resort" 4 4
"Darlene" 1 * Come as You Were
"Come as You Were" 7 *
1989 "Never Say Never" 30 22
1990 "If You Could Only See Me Now" 6 5 Bumper to Bumper
"Moonshadow Road" 18 9
1991 "I'm Sending One Up for You" 53 75
"With This Ring" 31 29 You Can't Take It with You
"You Can't Take It with You" 68
1998 "Wine into Water" 44 61 Wine into Water
1999 "Happy Ever After" 68 90
"Never in a Million Tears" 63 94
"Memphis Women & Chicken" 73
2003 "Middle Age Crazy" 58 * The Next Right Thing
2006 "The Present" The Present

Guest singles[edit]

Year Song Artist Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1990 "Tomorrow's World" Various artists 74 Single only
"Don't Go Out" Tanya Tucker 6 11 Tennessee Woman
2000 "Now That's Awesome" Bill Engvall
(w/ Neal McCoy and Tracy Byrd)
59 Now That's Awesome
2013 "Working on a Building" Marty Raybon
(w/ Trace Adkins, T. Graham Brown, and Jimmy Fortune)
- Working on a Building

Music videos[edit]

Year Title Director
1986 "Hell and High Water"
1987 "Brilliant Conversationalist"
1988 "Come as You Were" John Lloyd Miller
1990 "Don't Go Out" (w/ Tanya Tucker) Jack Cole
1998 "Wine Into Water" Tom Bevins
1999 "Happy Ever After"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 66. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "allmusic ((( T. Graham Brown > Biography )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
  3. ^ Record Label (December 7, 2012). "Homesick Entertainment Projects". Homesick Entertainment. Retrieved December 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/working-on-a-building-mw0002314051/credits

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