Mel Brown (guitarist)

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Mel Brown
Mel Brown.jpg
Background information
Born(1939-10-07)October 7, 1939
DiedMarch 20, 2009(2009-03-20) (aged 69)
Kitchener, Ontario Canada
GenresBlues rock, blues, R&B
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Associated actsBobby "Blue" Bland, The Olympics, Etta James, Albert Collins

Mel Brown (October 7, 1939 – March 20, 2009) was an American-born blues guitarist and singer.

Brown was nominated for a Juno Award in both 2001 and 2002.

For many years in the 1980s and 1990s, Brown was a prominent member of the house band at Antone's Night Club in Austin, Texas.

Brown died aged 69, on March 20, 2009, in Kitchener, Ontario, of complications from emphysema.[1][2]

One of his most celebrated tracks is the 11+ minute guitar solo, "Eighteen Pounds of Unclean Chitluns", which is on I'd Rather Suck My Thumb (1970),[3][4][5] and was reissued as the lead track (and title) on a BluesWay Records collection released in 1973.

A documentary film, Love Lost & Found: The Story of Mel Brown directed by Sean Jasmins for Blue Fusion Productions was granted a theatrical release in 2014.[6]


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  1. ^ "Consummate bluesman" is gone, Terry Pender, Waterloo Record, March 21, 2009
  2. ^ "Delta bluesman Mel Brown dies in adopted hometown of Kitchener, Ont.", CBC News website, March 22, 2009
  3. ^ "I'd Rather Suck My Thumb - Mel Brown | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  4. ^ "Mel Brown - I'd Rather Suck My Thumb (Vinyl, LP, Album)". Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  5. ^ "Mel Brown - Eighteen Pounds Of Unclean Chitlings (Vinyl)". Retrieved 2016-09-25.
  6. ^ "Love Lost & Found: The Story of Mel Brown". 2014-06-05. Retrieved 2016-09-25.

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