Born: October 10, 1926 | Died: May 29, 2005 Primary Instrument: Vocalist
As a performer, he acted his songs more than he sang them; as a songwriter, hedrew as much from gospel, the blues and folk music as he did from jazz. He preferred to call himself an entertainer, although even that broad term didnotgo far enough: he saw his art as a way to celebrate African-American life andattack racism, and it was not always easy to tell where the entertainer ended and the activist began.
His song Brown Baby, recorded by Mahalia Jackson and others, was both a lullaby for his infant son and an anthem of racial pride. Other songs, like Signifying Monkey and The Snake, took their story lines from black folklore. The album, We Insist! Freedom Now Suite, for which Mr. Brown wrote lyrics to the drummer Max Roach's music, was one of the first jazz works to address the civil rights movement. His commitment to art as a tool for social change was most evident in the numerous stage shows he wrote and directed in his hometown Chicago....
Source: James Nadal
Oscar Brown Jr. Good Vibrations (Muse, 1977)
Oscar Brown Jr. Sin & Soul...And Then Some (Columbia, 1960)
Oscar Brown Jr., Between Heaven And Hell (Columbia, 1962)
Oscar Brown Jr., In A New Mood (Columbia, 1962)
Oscar Brown Jr., Tell It Like It Is (Columbia, 1963)
Oscar Brown Jr., Mr. Oscar Brown Jr, Goes To Washington (Fontana, 1965)
Oscar Brown Jr., Finding A New Friend (Fontana, 1966)
Oscar Brown Jr. Joy (RCA, 1970)
Oscar Brown Jr. Movin' On (Atlantic, 1972)
Oscar Brown Jr. Fresh (Atlantic, 1974)
Oscar Brown Jr. Brother Where Are You (Atlantic, 1974)
Oscar Brown Jr. Then And Now (Weasel, 1995)
Oscar Brown Jr. Live Every Minute (Minor Music, 1998)
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