Cleo Brown

Born 8 December 1909. Died 15 April 1995
Cleo Brown
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1909-12-08
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Cleo Brown

Cleo Brown Biography (Wikipedia)

Cleopatra Brown (December 8, 1907 or 1909 – April 15, 1995), known as Cleo Brown, C. Patra Brown or Cleo Patra Brown, was an American blues and jazz vocalist and pianist.

Brown was born in Meridian, Mississippi, and sang in church as a child. In 1919 her family moved to Chicago and she began studying piano. In the early 1920s she began taking gigs in clubs and broadcast on radio. From the 1930s to the 1950s she toured the United States regularly, recording for Decca Records (among other labels) along the way and recording many humorous, ironic titles such as "Breakin' in a New Pair of Shoes", "Mama Don't Want No Peas and Rice and Coconut Oil", "When Hollywood Goes Black and Tan", and "The Stuff Is Here and it's Mellow". Her stride piano playing was often compared to Fats Waller.

In the 1940s, Brown began to shy away from singing bawdy blues songs because of her deepening religious beliefs and, in 1953, she retired and became a nurse. The song "Sweet Cleo Brown" was recorded by Dave Brubeck in tribute to her. She was rediscovered, living in Colorado, in the 1980s after being tracked down by Marian McPartland. She returned to record again, and performed on National Public Radio.

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You Take The East, Take The West, Take The North, I'll Take The South
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Breaking In A Pair Of Shoes
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Breaking In A Pair Of Shoes
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Lookie Lookie Lookie
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Lookie Lookie Lookie
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Pelican Stomp
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Pelican Stomp
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I’ll Take The South
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I’ll Take The South
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When Hollywood Goes Black And Tan
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When Hollywood Goes Black And Tan
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Boogie Woogie
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Boogie Woogie
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Love In The First Degree
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Love In The First Degree
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Here Comes Cookie
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