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(1986/Mr.R&B) 16 tracks, rare Swedish CD, original King recordings, 1947-59, 8-page booklet with... more

Roy Brown: Laughing But Crying (CD)

(1986/Mr.R&B) 16 tracks, rare Swedish CD, original King recordings, 1947-59, 8-page booklet with session details.

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  • Interpret: Roy Brown

  • Album titlle: Laughing But Crying (CD)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 1986
  • Label MR. R&B

  • Artikelart CD

  • Price code Y07
  • EAN: 5013727000203

  • weight in Kg 0.107
Brown, Roy - Laughing But Crying (CD) CD 1
01 Roy Brown Boogie Roy Brown
02 Special Lesson No. 1 Roy Brown
03 Rainy Weather Blues Roy Brown
04 End Of My Journey Roy Brown
05 New Rebecca Roy Brown
06 Double Crossing Woman Roy Brown
07 A Fool In Love Roy Brown
08 Butcher Pete Roy Brown
09 Letter From Home Roy Brown
10 Laughing But Crying Roy Brown
11 Hurry Hurry Baby Roy Brown
12 Money Can't Bye Love Roy Brown
13 Lonesome Lover Roy Brown
14 Everything's Alright Roy Brown
15 Up Jumped The Devil Roy Brown
16 School Bell Rock Roy Brown
Roy Brown and His Mighty Mighty Men With his huge vocal roar and a band that could melt... more
"Roy Brown"

Roy Brown and His Mighty Mighty Men

With his huge vocal roar and a band that could melt paint off the walls of any juke joint, Roy Brown anticipated the rise of rock and roll. In fact, he spread the news in 1947 with his epochal Good Rocking Tonight, which he wrote and cut in New Orleans for DeLuxe, though Wynonie Harris' cover was the bigger hit.

B.B. King, Bobby Bland, and Jackie Wilson were all deeply influenced vocally by Roy, whose melismatic flights were direct precursors to soul. Odd, then, that Roy's early idol was Bing Crosby! Born September 10, 1925 in New Orleans, Brown was gigging in Galveston when Good Rocking Tonight came to him. He offered it to Harris, who haughtily turned it down. Pianist Cecil Gant was more impressed, contacting Jules Braun of DeLuxe Records in Linden, New Jersey in Brown's behalf. Braun came down to the Crescent City and supervised as Roy laid down his debut classic at Cosimo Matassa's fledgling J&M Studios. But Wynonie changed his mind and covered Good Rocking Tonight, ending up with an R&B chart-topper.

That kicked off an incredible hitmaking streak for Brown on DeLuxe. His 'Long About Midnight topped the R&B charts in late 1948; Boogie At Midnight nearly did the same in '49, and the harrowing Hard Luck Blues was his second number one hit in 1950. Love Don't Love Nobody made it to #2 R&B in late '50; backed by his own Mighty Mighty Men (trumpeter Wilbur Harden, saxists Johnny Fontennette and Leroy 'Batman' Rankin, pianist Edward Santineo, bassist Ike Isaacs, drummer Calvin Shields, and New Orleans guitarist Edgar Blanchard, a very inventive presence), it's a typically exciting tour de force for its writer.

 Brown transferred over to King Records in 1952 and the hits mysteriously ceased, despite the singer releasing some of his most thrilling rockers over the next three years. The singer signed with Imperial in '56, trying to cope with the onslaught of the music he'd boldly predicted nearly a decade earlier. Roy enjoyed a 1957 hit with producer Dave Bartholomew's Let The Four Winds Blow, but the handwriting was on the wall. He occasionally recorded throughout the '60s and mounted something of a comeback over the next decade before a heart attack ended this mighty, mighty man's bid on May 25, 1981 in his adopted hometown of Los Angeles.

 

Bill Dahl
Chicago, Illinois

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Tracklist
Brown, Roy - Laughing But Crying (CD) CD 1
01 Roy Brown Boogie
02 Special Lesson No. 1
03 Rainy Weather Blues
04 End Of My Journey
05 New Rebecca
06 Double Crossing Woman
07 A Fool In Love
08 Butcher Pete
09 Letter From Home
10 Laughing But Crying
11 Hurry Hurry Baby
12 Money Can't Bye Love
13 Lonesome Lover
14 Everything's Alright
15 Up Jumped The Devil
16 School Bell Rock