Monday, July 07, 2014

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Derwood Brown and his Musical Brownies

Artist:Derwood Brown and his Musical Brownies
Song:Bring It On Down To My House
Album:Wizards of Country Guitar: Selected Sides 1945-1955

Derwood Brown was a guitarist in the band led by his older brother Milton Brown. Along with Bob Wills, Milton Brown was a pioneer of Country Swing. When Milton Brown died in a 1936 car crash, Derwood Brown attempted to keep the Musical Brownies going but was ultimately unsuccessful. Melvin Derwood Brown was born Sept. 29, 1915 in Stephenville, TX. At age 12, he started playing guitar professionally with older brother Milton Brown. Derwood was in the Aladdin Laddies, the Light Crust Doughboys and then the Musical Brownies. After Milton Brown's death, he took over the Musical Brownies and recorded for Decca in 1937. But he wasn't able to keep the band together. Guitarist Bob Dunn left and was replaced by Lefty Perkins. Derwood shared lead vocals with Jimmie Davis and banjo player Ocie Stockard. All three of them sing on Bring It On Down To My House. The Decca recordings didn't sell so the band split up. All 14 Derwood Brown and his Musical Brownies songs are on this 4CD box set featuring Country Swing guitarists like Lefty Perkins and Bob Dunn. Perkins and Brown joined Billy Boyd & his Cowboy Ramblers. And Brown attempted to reform the Musical Brownies in the 40s. Derwood Brown led a dance band that had a weekly radio show in Denton, TX in 1946. When that ended, he quit the music business and worked in Colorado oil fields. Derwood Brown died on Dec. 24, 1978 at age 63. Here's a video for Bring It On Down To My House by Derwood Brown and his Musical Brownies.

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