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Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: September 13, 1922 | Died: January 21, 1999

Charles Brown was the pioneer originator of the immensely influential postwar California blues style. Though identified with his classic “Driftin’ Blues,” he was not committed to just the blues, and was comfortable as a popular crooner as well. His efforts as a vocalist, pianist, and composer helped create the music that would become rhythm and blues, and he was one of the principals in bringing about a shift in the mainstream of African-American music, one that would bring vocalists to the forefront and largely eclipse the instrumental art of jazz. Brown was a premier entertainer in the 1940s and 1950s, influencing a host of later performers including Ray Charles....
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Featured recording “Alone at the Piano”

Alone at the Piano

Savoy Jazz
2004
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    Cryin' Mercy

    P.S.F. Records
    2006
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    Blues And Other Love Songs

    P.S.F. Records
    2000
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    Honey Dripper

    P.S.F. Records
    1996
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    I'm Gonna Push On! (Live At Mosebacke)

    P.S.F. Records
    1980
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    I'm Just A Drifter

    P.S.F. Records
    1963
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    Merry Christmas Babay / Sleigh Ride

    P.S.F. Records
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    One More For The Road

    P.S.F. Records
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