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1-CD Digipak with 36-page booklet, 30 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min. Roy Brown,...more

Roy Brown: Roy Brown - Rocks (CD)

1-CD Digipak with 36-page booklet, 30 tracks. Total playing time approx. 79 min.
  • Roy Brown, one of the all-time greats of early rhythm 'n' blues and jointly responsible for the breakthrough success of rock and roll - ROCKS!
  • His Good Rocking Tonight from 1948 is regarded as an epitome of early rocking R&B and constitutes a cornerstone of R'n'R!
  • That rocker and 29 additional tunes in the most comprehensive CD series on Bear Family Records® are pure energy from a fantastic blues shouter!
  • The album features recordings from 1948-51 (DeLuxe), 1952-55 (King), 1956-58 (Imperial) and 1960 (Home of the Blues), including Rockin' At Midnight, Boogie At Midnight, Butcher Pete, Hurry Hurry Baby, Gal From Kokomo and Ain't No Rocking No More.
  • Carefully mastered and accompanied by a detailed biography of Bill Dahl in the illustrated 36-page booklet, this CD fits seamlessly into the series of great rockers in our ROCKS series!

Few figures in the history of postwar rhythm and blues played a larger role in the development of rock and roll than Roy Brown, even if he wasn’t able to cash in on his innovations. Brown’s Good Rocking Tonight was a clarion call to a tremendously exciting future when it broke through in 1948, even though Wynonie Harris’ cover stole away much of its chart thunder. 

Bear Family’s 30-track ‘Roy Brown Rocks’ pays loving tribute to this R&B pioneer, tracing the mighty blues shouter from his earliest days on the Braun brothers’ DeLuxe label, where he scored his biggest hits from 1948 through ‘51, through his sizzling 1952-55 sides for Syd Nathan’s King Records and then his brief 1956-58 career rebirth at Imperial Records, when New Orleans A&R man Dave Bartholomew updated the Louisiana native’s sound and got him back on the charts. 

1960’s Rocking All The Time for Ruben Cherry’s Home of The Blues label in Memphis summarizes Roy’s entire career; his DeLuxe sides Rockin’ At Midnight, Boogie At Midnight, and the incredibly graphic two-part Butcher Pete and the scalding King label jumps Hurry Hurry Baby, Gal From Kokomo, and Ain’t No Rocking No More spotlight an incredible singer boasting a sky-high church-trained tenor who rewrote all the rules behind the mic when it came to R&B vocalists, backed by a band he aptly christened The Mighty-Mighty Men. 

What’s more, his 1957 hit rendition of Let The Four Winds Blow stands as definitive. As long as we have Roy Brown’s priceless recordings to remember him by, the good rocking need never stop.

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  • Label Bear Family Records

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  • Edition 2 Deluxe Edition
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  • Genre Rock & Roll

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Brown, Roy - Roy Brown - Rocks (CD) CD 1
01Saturday NightRoy Brown
02Butcher Pete -part IRoy Brown
03Rocking All The TimeRoy Brown
04I've Got The Last Laugh NowRoy Brown
05I'm Ready To PlayRoy Brown
06Good Rockin' ManRoy Brown
07Train Time BluesRoy Brown
08Good Rockin' TonightRoy Brown
09Gal From KokomoRoy Brown
10Mr. Hound Dog's In TownRoy Brown
11Riding HighRoy Brown
12Rocking At MidnightRoy Brown
13Let The Four Winds BlowRoy Brown
14Good Man BluesRoy Brown
15Cadillac BabyRoy Brown
16Hip Shakin' BabyRoy Brown
17Hurry Hurry Baby (alt. version)Roy Brown
18Rock-A-Bye BabyRoy Brown
19Shake 'em Up BabyRoy Brown
20Love Don't Love NobodyRoy Brown
21Boogie At MidnightRoy Brown
22Black DiamondRoy Brown
23We're Goin' Rockin' TonightRoy Brown
24Bar Room BluesRoy Brown
25Ain't Gonna Do ItRoy Brown
26Beautician BluesRoy Brown
27New RebeccaRoy Brown
28Letter From HomeRoy Brown
29Butcher Pete -part IIRoy Brown
30Ain't No Rockin' No MoreRoy 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 - Roy Brown - Rocks (CD) CD 1
01 Saturday Night
02 Butcher Pete -part I
03 Rocking All The Time
04 I've Got The Last Laugh Now
05 I'm Ready To Play
06 Good Rockin' Man
07 Train Time Blues
08 Good Rockin' Tonight
09 Gal From Kokomo
10 Mr. Hound Dog's In Town
11 Riding High
12 Rocking At Midnight
13 Let The Four Winds Blow
14 Good Man Blues
15 Cadillac Baby
16 Hip Shakin' Baby
17 Hurry Hurry Baby (alt. version)
18 Rock-A-Bye Baby
19 Shake 'em Up Baby
20 Love Don't Love Nobody
21 Boogie At Midnight
22 Black Diamond
23 We're Goin' Rockin' Tonight
24 Bar Room Blues
25 Ain't Gonna Do It
26 Beautician Blues
27 New Rebecca
28 Letter From Home
29 Butcher Pete -part II
30 Ain't No Rockin' No More