Tuesday, September 11, 2007
Yahoo LAUNCHCAST Song Of The Day-Charles Brown
Song:They All Say I'm The Biggest Fool
Smooth singing Charles Brown is probably best known for his classic Merry Christmas Baby. But he was very consistent over his fifty year career. He was born Sept. 13, 1922 in Texas City, TX. A classically trained pianist, he earned a degree in chemistry before moving to Los Angeles in 1943. He made his name with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers and the 1945 hit Drifting Blues and the 1947 hit Merry Christmas Baby. The group was patterned after the popular Nat Cole Trio but with Brown's more laid back vocals. Brown went solo in 1948 and had several hits on Aladdin Records from 1948-52. Brown's musical style never changed when R & B became more brash and for decades he just went about his business without much notice. His career revived in the 80s when Bonnie Raitt took him on tour as her opening act. He started recording again and this 1996 CD Honey Dripper is on Verve Records. He sounds as good as ever with his guitarist and musical director Danny Caron. It's good to see that Charles Brown had a career renaissance before his death on Jan. 21, 1999 at age 76. Here's Charles Brown performing Drifting Blues at the W.C. Handy Awards.