Rudy Toombs

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Rudolph "Rudy" Toombs (1914 – November 28, 1962), was an American songwriter who wrote "Teardrops from My Eyes", Ruth Brown's first number one R&B successful song. He wrote more successes for Brown, including "5-10-15 Hours", as well as "One Mint Julep" for the Clovers.[1][2]


Toombs was born in Monroe, Louisiana, United States. Although he began as a vaudeville-style song-and-dance man, he became a productive lyricist and composer of doo-wop songs and rhythm and blues standards during the 1950s and 1960s. His best work was done at Atlantic Records, writing and arranging songs for Ahmet Ertegün. He died during 1962, murdered by robbers in the hallway of his apartment house in Harlem.[2]

Ruth Brown credited Toombs as a major reason for her success. She describes him as joyful, exuberant man, so full of life that he passed that ebullience on to her. He taught her how to take a moody blues ballad and make it into a bouncy jump song.[3]


Some of Toombs best known songs are listed below:[2]


His songs (apart from those recordings listed above) have been sung by the following artists:[5]


  1. ^ Jim Dawson & Steve Propes (1992). What Was the First Rock'n'Roll Record. Boston & London: Faber & Faber. ISBN 978-0-571-12939-3. 
  2. ^ a b c "Biography for Rudy Toombs". IMDb. Retrieved 2006-11-01. 
  3. ^ Shaw, Arnold (1978). Honkers and Shouter: The Golden Years of Rhythm & Blues. New York, N.Y.: Macmillan Publishing Company. ISBN 978-0-02-061740-2. 
  4. ^ "It Hurts to Be in Love - Annie Laurie : Listen, Appearances, Song Review". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-03-12. 
  5. ^ "Rudy Toombs". allmusic.comj. Retrieved 2007-11-25. 

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