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Napoleon Brown Goodson Culp, 12 October 1929, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA. Brown began his career as a gospel singer, but moved to R&B when an appearance in Newark, New Jersey, led to a recording contract with Savoy Records in 1954. A deep-voiced, highly individual R&B singer, he had a number of hits during the 50s, including Dont Be Angry (1955), the Rose Marie McCoy /Charlie Singleton song Piddily Patter Patter (Pitter Patter) (a pop hit in Patti Pages cover version), It Dont Hurt No More (1958), and I Cried Like A Baby (1959). He also made the original version of The Right Time, a 1958 hit for Ray Charles (as (Night Time Is) The Right Time). A prison term kept Brown inactive for much of the 60s. He returned to music with an album for Elephant V in 1969 and recorded gospel music in the 70s with the Bell Jubilee Singers for Jewel and as Brother Napoleon Brown for...