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BUSTER BROWN

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Description: Vocalist, USA
Known For: Charted with “Fannie May” in 1960

Instruments: Voice, Harmonica
Music Styles: Blues

Location: United States of America

Date Born: 15th August 1915st
Location Born: Cordele, Georgia, United States of America

Date Died: 31 January 1976
Location Died: New York, New York, United States of America

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Buster Brown

An American blues and R&B singer.

Mainlly known for his hit, “Fannie Mae”.

His harp style was clearly influenced by Sonny Terry, had never made a professional recording

Brown was born in Cordele, Georgia, and in the 1930s and 1940s he played harmonica at local clubs and made a few non-commercial recordings. These included “I’m Gonna Make You Happy” (1943), which was recorded when he played at the folk festival at Fort Valley (GA) State Teachers College, and was recorded by the Library of Congress’ Folk Music Archive.

He moved to New York in 1956, where he was discovered by Fire Records owner Bobby Robinson.

In 1959 at almost fifty years of age, he recorded the rustic blues, “Fannie Mae”, which featured Brown’s harmonica playing and whoops, which went to # 38 in the U.S. Top 40, and to #1 on the R&B chart in April 1960.

Brown played harmonica at local clubs and made a few recordings, including “I’m Gonna Make You Happy” in 1943.

He moved to New York in 1956, where he was discovered by Bobby Robinson owner of Fire Records.

In 1959, he recorded the archaic-sounding blues, “Fannie Mae”, whose tough harmonica riffs took it into the U.S. Top 40, and to # 1 on the R&B chart in April 1960.