Black Night (Charles Brown song)

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"Black Night"
Single by Charles Brown Trio
B-side "Once There Live a Fool"
Released January 1951 (1951-01)
Format 10-inch 78 rpm record
Recorded December 21, 1950 (1950-12-21)
Studio Radio Recorders, Los Angeles
Genre Blues
Length 3:07
Label Aladdin (no. 3076)
Songwriter(s) Jessie Mae Robinson
Charles Brown Trio singles chronology
"My Baby's Gone"
(1950)
"Black Night"
(1951)
"I'll Always Be in Love with You"
(1951)
"My Baby's Gone"
(1950)
"Black Night"
(1951)
"I'll Always Be in Love with You"
(1951)

"Black Night" is a 1951 blues song by Charles Brown. A slow minor-key blues, it is performed in the West Coast blues-style.[1] Brown, on vocal and piano, is backed by a small combo with the addition of Maxwell Davis on saxophone.[2]

"Black Night" was Brown's second single to reach number one on Billboard's R&B chart.[3] It remained at the top position for 14 weeks, longer than any other single.[1] In 2005, it was inducted into the Blues Foundation Blues Hall of Fame as a "Classic of Blues Recording – Single or Album Track".[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Blues Foundation (November 10, 2016). "2005 Hall of Fame Inductees: Black Night, by Charles Brown (Aladdin, 1951)". The Blues Foundation. Retrieved February 7, 2017. 
  2. ^ Hannusch, Jeff (1992). Driftin' Blues: The Best of Charles Brown (Album notes). Charles Brown. Hollywood, California: Aladdin Records. p. 5. CDP-7-97989-2. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942–2004. Record Research. p. 82. 
Preceded by
"Teardrops from My Eyes" by Ruth Brown
Billboard Best Selling Retail Rhythm & Blues Records number-one single
March 3, 1951
Succeeded by
"Rocket 88" by Jackie Brenston and His Delta Cats