Mel Brown (guitarist)

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Mel Brown
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Background information
Born (1939-10-07)October 7, 1939
Died March 20, 2009(2009-03-20) (aged 69)
Kitchener, Ontario Canada
Genres Blues rock, blues, R&B
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Vocals, Guitar
Labels Impulse! Records, Impulse!
Associated acts Bobby "Blue" Bland, The Olympics, Etta James, Albert Collins
Website Official website

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

Brown was nominated for a Juno Award in both 2001 and 2002. Brown, a long-time smoker, 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 his "I'd Rather Suck My Thumb" LP, and was reissued as the lead track (and title) on a Blueway collection released sometime after the Impulse albums. In 1969-1970, it got quite a bit of airplay on the San Francisco FM rock station, KSAN.

A documentary film, titled "Love Lost & Found: The Story of Mel Brown" directed by Sean Jasmins for Blue Fusion Productions is slated for theatrical release in 2014.


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