Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown
|Genres:||Blues Blues Cajun / Zydeco Pop / Rock R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||blues texas blues rhythm and blues country new orleans|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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18 April 1924, Vinton, Louisiana, USA, some sources give Orange, Texas, where he was raised from the age of three weeks, d. 10 September 2005, Orange, Texas, USA. Browns father was a musician who taught him to play guitar and fiddle, and during his youth he heard the music of Tampa Red, Bob Wills, Count Basie, and others. He toured the south as a drummer with a travelling show before being drafted into the army. On his discharge he worked as a musician in San Antonio, Texas, where he honed his guitar skills sufficiently to impress Don Robey, who offered him a spot at his club in Houston. It was here that Browns big break came, when he took over a show from T-Bone Walker, after Walker was taken ill. He was so well received that Robey took him to Los Angeles to record for the Aladdin Records label on 21 August 1947. In 1948 Robey set up his own Peacock label, for which Brown recorded until 1961. Many of these records are classics of Texas guitar blues,...