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Buster Brown

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Buster Brown is a name of at least two acts:

1) A blues and R&B singer (b. 15 Aug 1911, Cordele, GA, USA - d. 31 Jan 1976, New York), best known for his hit, Fannie Mae (aka Fanny Mae). Album releases include: “The New King of the Blues”.

In the 1930s and 1940s he played harmonica at local clubs and made a few non-commercial recordings. These included “I’m Gonna Make You Happy” (1943), which was recorded when he played at the folk festival at Fort Valley (GA) State Teachers College and was recorded by the Library of Congress’ Folk Music Archive. He moved to New York in 1956, where he was discovered by Fire Records owner Bobby Robinson.

In 1959 at almost fifty years of age, he recorded the rustic blues, “Fannie Mae”, which featured Brown’s harmonica playing and whoops - this went to #38, in the U.S. Top 40 and #1 on the R&B chart, in April 1960. His remake of Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five’s “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby?”, Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby?, reached #81 on the pop charts later in 1960. Sugar Babe was his only other 1962 hit, 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 John Thomas Brown, aka J.T. Brown), which was covered by Fleetwood Mac, “Mr. Wonderful” (1968).

Sites: Discogs and Wikipedia

2) An Australian rock band, with Gary Anderson (aka Angry Anderson) and Phillip Hugh Rudd (aka Phil Rudd). A root of Rose Tattoo, AC/DC and much that’s good about working class Aussie rock.

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