Buster Brown Biography

Wayman Glasco, 15 August 1911, Cordele, Georgia, USA, d. 31 January 1976, Brooklyn, New York, USA. Brown played harmonica at local clubs and made a few recordings, including ‘I’m Gonna Make You Happy’ in 1943. Brown moved to New York in 1956 where he was discovered by Fire Records owner Bobby Robinson while working in a chicken and barbecue joint. In 1959, he recorded the archaic-sounding blues, ‘Fannie Mae’, whose tough harmonica riffs took it into the US Top 40. His similar-sounding ‘Sugar Babe’ (1961) was covered in the UK by Jimmy Powell. In later years he recorded for Checker Records and for numerous small labels including Serock, Gwenn and Astroscope.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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