Weepin' And Cryin' : Tommy Brown©2006JCMarion


Tommy Brown was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in May of 1931. He was attracted to music as a youngster and by the time he was a teenager he formed a small band with himself as the drummer and they soon began to get club work around Atlanta in the late forties. By 1950 he attracted the attention of a few record men, among them Herman Lubinsky of Savoy Records. Late in 1950 Savoy Records announces the signing of R & B singer Tommy Brown. In February of 1951 he records for the Regent label (part of the Savoy family) with "Atlanta Blues" and "The House Near The Railroad Track" with the Griffin Brothers on # 1030.

Soon after the Regent release Tommy signs on with the Griffin Brothers Orchestra as featured vocalist and they move to Dot Records. In June of the year Dot # 1060 is released and "Tra La La" with a vocal by Brown is the 'A' side, and "Hoppin" is on the flip. The record takes off immediately and has a good run on the R & B charts during the summer. At the same time Savoy releases "V-8 Baby" and "Double Faced Deacon" on # 813 from an earlier session in January with the Griffin Brothers. In October Dot Records release # 1071 "Weepin And Crying" with vocal by Brown and "Shuffle Bug". Once again Dot has a winner in the R & B field featuring Brown on vocal.

Tommy Brown spends much of the year in military service. In March of 1952 Savoy brings out another record from an earlier session In the by Tommy Brown - "No News From Home" and "Never Trust A Woman" recorded with the John Peck Orchestra on # 838. In October Brown returns and does some personal appearances in Ohio and Kentucky. In the spring of 1953 Tommy has an extended three month stay at Martin's Corner in Chicago, and decides to make that city his home base. Brown does a session for King Records as "Little" Tommy Brown and the studio time produces "How Much Do You Think I Can Stand?" and "Fore Day Train" on # 4658. Brown now known as "Weepin" Tommy Brown also plays Chicago's famed Club DeLisa. By 1954 Tommy Brown has moved on to the United label in Chicago. "Southern Woman" and "Remember Me" are released by the label in September on # 183 in which Brown is accompanied by Walter "Shakey" Horton on harmonica, Harold Ashby on tenor, Memphis Slim on piano, Lee Cooper on piano, Willie Dixon on bass, and Otho Allen on drums.

In 1955 Brown moves to St. Louis and gets to do a session for Groove Records, a subsidiary of RCA Victor. The result late in the year is "Don't Leave Me" and "Won't You Forgive Me?" on # 0134. In March of 1956 Little Tommy Brown records "The Thrill Is Gone" and "A Gambler's Prayer" for Groove on # 0143. Late in the year Brown is back with King Records where he does a vocal version of the tune "Honky Tonk" with Bill Doggett's Combo on King # 5001. In September of 1957 Tommy Brown is part of the performers in "The Biggest Show Of Stars-1957" which has such all time performers as Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Clyde McPhatter, Frankie Lymon, Paul Anka, Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly & The Crickets, The Spaniels, Drifters, Bobbettes, and Johnnie & Joe. The tour will go for almost three months and include dates in Canada. During the tour Brown now recording for Imperial Records has a new record out - "Someday, Somewhere" and "Rock Away My Blues" on # 5476. In 1958 Brown records "Just For You" and "Heart With No Feeling" on Imperial # 5533.

By 1959 Brown had spent a decade as a Rhythm & Blues performer. He never had a big national best seller, and was not a recognizable force in the music industry but was a solid and dependable singer that spanned the changes in the music during the entire decade of the fifties. He surfaced in the mid sixties producing and recording "party" records for his own label. Tommy Brown - another performer that was a part of the musical revolution that reshaped the world.

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