Born Ruth Alston Weston, January 12, 1928 in Portsmouth, Virginia. Ruth 'Miss Rhythm' Brown hit from the start in 1949, at the young Atlantic label with So Long, it was the label's second hit. She went from strength to strength dominating the R&B charts in the early fifties, playing a very sizable role in the fortunes of Atlantic. Some of her most memorable tunes form this period are Teardrops From My Eyes (which was Atlantic's first 45 rpm single, issue number 919) 5-10-15 Hours, Mambo Baby and the classic Mama He Treat Your Daughter Mean of which the above record is the B side. One of her records Lucky Lips, a big hit, was covered in England by corporate media personality Cliff 'coat hanger' Richard. During the 1960s the industry ignored her and she worked as a domestic to pay the bills and bring up two children. She also spent a lot of this time fighting hard for artist royalty rights, including those of her own, owed to her from Atlantic. Today Ruth Brown is back making records, her latest CD is A Good Day For The Blues.
What a great cover that would make if records, instead of being mean little squinty things, were still the propa size.
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