Tommy Brown

Tommy Brown was born in Atlanta, Georgia on May 27, 1931. He has performed soulful and comedic tunes for over 65 years and is widely considered one of the greats of Georgia R&B. Brown's performances blend humor, blues shouting and the kind of stage presence that opens the window on a bygone era – a time when entertainers dressed immaculately, displaying versatile talents to make audiences forget their troubles and hit the dance floor.

He emerged on the music scene in the 1940's as a drummer, and has performed with and written for such legends as Little Milton, Albert King, Ike Turner, Little Richard, Bill Doggett, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Chuck Willis, Big Mama Thornton and many others. He was the featured singer on the R&B Top 10 hit "Tra-La-La, credited to the Griffin Brothers Orchestra, it contained one of the earliest references to rock and roll. Tommy Brown is known for his 1952 Billboard #1 hit "Weepin' and Cryin" and for being the one who coined the comedic phrase "I Ain't Lying."

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