Buster Brown (musician)
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August 15, 1911|
Cordele, Georgia, United States
|Died||January 31, 1976
New York City, New York, United States
Brown was born in Cordele, Georgia. In the 1930s and 1940s he played harmonica at local clubs and made a few non-commercial recordings. These included "War Song" and "I'm Gonna Make You Happy" (1943), which were recorded when he played at the folk festival at Fort Valley (GA) State Teachers College, for the Library of Congress' Folk Music Archive.
Brown moved to New York in 1956, where he was discovered by Fire Records owner Bobby Robinson. In 1959, at almost fifty years of age, Brown recorded the rustic blues, "Fannie Mae", which featured Brown's harmonica playing and whoops, which went to # 38 in the U.S. Top 40, and to #1 on the R&B chart in April 1960. His remake of Louis Jordan's "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" reached # 81 on the pop charts later in 1960, but did not make the R&B chart. "Sugar Babe" was his only other hit, in 1962, reaching # 19 on the R&B chart and # 99 on the pop chart.
In later years he recorded for Checker Records and for numerous small record labels. He also co-wrote the song "Doctor Brown" with J. T. Brown, which was later covered by Fleetwood Mac on their 1968 album, Mr. Wonderful.
His song "Fannie Mae" enjoyed further attention in 1973 when it was included in the film American Graffiti and the best selling soundtrack 41 Original Hits From The Soundtrack Of American Graffiti
It is often erroneously cited that Brown's real name was "Wayman Glasco" – however, that was Brown's manager who, after his death, bought all of Brown's publishing – thus unintentionally creating the confusion. Though likely a nickname, or alias, Buster Brown may have been his birth name.
- New King of the Blues (Fire, 1961)
- Raise a Ruckus Tonight (DJM, 1976)
- Toughest Terry & Baddest Brown (Sundown, 1986) – with Sonny Terry
- Good News (Charly, 1989)
- The Very Best of Buster Brown (Collectables, 1999)
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