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Roy Brown

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There are 2 artists with the name Roy Brown

1) Roy “Good Rocking” Brown (10 September 1925 – 25 May 1981) was a blues musician who brought a soul singing style (from gospel music) to the emerging genre of rock and roll.

Born in New Orleans, Louisiana, Brown started as a gospel singer. His mother was an accomplished singer and organist in church. After a move to Los Angeles, California some time in the 1940s, and a brief period spent as a professional boxer in the welterweight category, he won a singing contest in 1945 at The Million Dollar Theater covering “There’s No You” by Bing Crosby. In 1946 Brown moved to Galveston, Texas, where he sang in a club. His numbers included “Good rocking tonight”. He returned to New Orleans in 1947.

Brown failed to interest Wynonie Harris in “Good Rocking Tonight” (at first), but got an introduction to the president of Deluxe Records, who signed him. The song was released in 1947 and reached no. 13 on Billboard’s R&B charts (but was eclipsed by Harris’ cover of it). Brown’s version was a jump blues with a swing beat, but Harris’s cover version can be considered closer to rock and roll. Elvis Presley covered the song for Sun Records in 1954 … later re-released on RCA Victor when his contract was sold to that record label in 1956.

Brown and his band “The Mighty Men” were spectacular performers, with the kind of crowd-pleasing stage histrionics for which Little Richard would soon be famous. Unfortunately, tastes changed and Brown could not keep up.

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