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Arthur Prysock

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Arthur Prysock (Born January 2, 1929 in Spartanburg, South Carolina – Died Bermuda, June 7, 1997) was an American baritone singer, whose widest exposure may have come from singing the “Tonight, Let It Be Lowenbrau” beer jingle in the late 1970’s. Prysock who recorded for 43 years, released some 60 albums, with bandleaders including Buddy Johnson & Count Basie, on labels such as Mercury & Verve, but the bulk of his work was released via the Old Town label. His voice had a deep, rich smokey resonance, comparable to the smooth balladeering of Billy Eckstine, Brook Benton or Lou Rawls.

In 1944 popular touring bandleader Buddy Johnson found Prysock in Hartford Connecticut and signed him as a vocalist. Prysock became a mainstay of the live big band performance circuit, singing on several of Buddy Johnson’s hits on Decca Records (“Jet My Love”, 1947 and “I Wonder Where Our Love Has Gone”, 1948) and later on Mercury Records (“Because”, 1950). Other signature tracks that Prysock recorded for Buddy Johnson’s Orchestra between 1944 and 1952 included “They All Say I’m the Biggest Fool,” and “At Last.”

He went solo in the early 1950’s, and had an R&B hit with “I Didn’t Sleep a Wink Last Night,” and was oft found performing on the road with his saxophonist brother Red Prysock. Tracks like “I Worry ‘Bout You” in 1958, “The Very Thought Of You” in 1960, and 1965’s “It’s Too Late Baby, It’s Too Late” were hits on the Old Town label. Old Town, became his home through much of the late 50’s & early 60’s and again through the 70’s after a brief late 60’s stint with Verve.

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