Arthur Wilton-Brown, 24 June 1944, Whitby, Yorkshire, England. A distinctive, uncompromising vocalist, Brown formed an R&B band - Blues And Brown - while studying philosophy at Reading University. He made his recording debut in 1965 with two contributions to a student Rag Week flexi-disc, before moving to London where he fronted a succession of bands, known variously as the Southwest Five, the Arthur Brown Union and the Arthur Brown Set. In 1966 the singer moved to Paris where he began honing a theatrical and visual image. He was fêted by the citys artisans and contributed two songs to La Curee, a Roger Vadim film that starred Jane Fonda. Brown returned to London in 1967 and formed the first Crazy World Of Arthur Brown with Vincent Crane (b. 21 May 1943, Reading, Berkshire, England, d. 14 February 1989; organ), Drachen Theaker (drums) and, later, Nick Greenwood (bass). They were quickly adopted by the underground audience,...
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