Oscar Brown, Jr.
|Tags:||jazz blues vocal jazz funk singer-songwriter|
|Decades:||1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s|
|Links:||discogs secondhandsongs VIAF wikidata wikipedia|
10 October 1926, Chicago, Illinois, US, d. 29 May 2005, Chicago, Illinois, USA. A witty singer and songwriter operating on the borders of soul and jazz, Brown also worked extensively as a playwright and civil rights activist. The son of a lawyer, Brown acted in a radio soap opera as a child and did a variety of jobs (copywriter, publicist, realtor) before serving in the US Army in 1954-56. Afterwards, he turned to professional songwriting and performing. The first of his compositions to be recorded was Brown Baby by Mahalia Jackson. In 1961, his stage musical, Kicks And Company, was performed in Chicago, containing numerous songs that he later used in his stage act. Brown made his first album (Sin & Soul) for CBS Records in 1960. It included some of his most well-known pieces, such as Signifyin Monkey, and versions of Bobby Timmons soul jazz tune, Dat Dere, and Herbie Hancocks Watermelon Man, to...