Buster Brown

Buster Brown

b. August 15, 1911 d. January 31, 1976: American blues and R&B singer best known for his hit, "Fannie Mae".

Brown was born in Cordele, Georgia. In the 1930s and 1940s he played harmonica at local clubs and made some non-commercial recordings. These include "War Song" and "I'm Going to Make Happy" (1943), which were recorded while playing at the popular party in Fort Valley (GA) State University teachers, for the Library of Congress Folk Music Archive.

Brown moved to New York in 1956, where it was discovered by Fire Records owner Bobby Robinson. In 1959, at nearly fifty years of age, Brown recorded the rustic blues, "Fannie Mae", which featured harmonious Brown's play and screams, which reached # 38 in the US. Top 40, and # 1 on the R & B chart in April 1960. His new version of Louis Jordan's "Are You or Is not My Baby" hit number 81 on the charts later in 1960 but did not make the R & B chart. "Sugar Babe" was his only other hit, in 1962, peaking at # 19 on the R & B chart and # 99 on the pop list.

In years later he recorded for Checker Records and for numerous small record labels. He also co-wrote the song "Doctor Brown" with JT Brown, which was later covered by Fleetwood Mac on his 1968 album, Mr. Wonderful.

His song "Fannie Mae" enjoyed more attention in 1973 when it was included in the American Graffiti film and the best soundtrack sale 41 Hits originals of the soundtrack of American Graffiti

Buster Brown was a comic strip character created in 1902 by Richard F. Outcault. Adopted as the Brown Shoe Company's mascot in 1904, Buster Brown, his girlfriend Mary Jane, and his dog Tige, an American Pit Bull Terrier, were well known to American audiences in the early 20th century. The character's name also was used to describe a popular style of play for young children, the Buster Brown suit, which echoed his own team.

Buster Brown was formed in 1972, in Surrey Hills, Victoria, located in the Australian city of Melbourne. Its definitive members were Angry Anderson (as vocalist), Paul Grant, Chris Wilson, Georgie Leach, John Moon and Phil Rudd] (as drums). Formed in the suburbs of Melbourne, Buster Brown conquered locally the different types of concert halls of the time. Its sound was typical of classic rock of the sixties and seventies, and with a touch of melodic softness with added keyboards.

Buster Brown is related to the band The Coloured Balls, since some of its members passed by before the definitive group formed.

Already in 1974, the group decided to record their first studio album, and to add several songs recorded live. The album was recorded with Mushoom Records, and edited years later, because some more subjects were added. Its sale in both the 70's and its new edition years later was only distributed in Australia.

After publishing the album, the group became known locally and their drummer, Phil Rudd, was chosen to be part of the then unknown and newly formed AC / DC band. Since then it has been the main battery of this, in which still it is still active. Meanwhile Angry Anderson formed Rose Tattoo, and left the group, which dissolved shortly in early 1975. Guitarist Lloby Lloyd helped Angry Anderson in the Rose Tattoo formation.

Years later the group reunited, for the last time in 1980, that was when they recorded the subject 'Release Legalise'. In this song remained the original positions, except the battery, that was touched by Trevor Young, who was part of The Colored Balls.

This Georgia-born singer and harp had a wild, lively style with screams and screams taken from Sonny Terry. Someone said he played harp like he was falling down a cliff! Buster was well into his forties when Fire Records took him to New York to record 'Fanny Mae' in 1960. It was a great success and crossed the charts, but Buster never repeated that success. A new version of Louis Jordan's 'You Are or Is not My Baby' and 'Sugar Babe' tucked into the lists, but ignores the rest of Buster's excellent material. He cut a thin version of 'Crawlin' Real Snake 'to Checker and recorded it again in 1964 for Blue Horizon, but the records sank without a trace. His song 'Doctor Brown' appeared on Peter Green's first Fleetwood Mac album.

The character of Buster Brown is loosely based on Granville Hamilton Fisher, son of Charles and Anna Fisher of Flushing, New York. Fisher's physical appearance, including the characteristic haircut page, was copied by Outcault and given to Buster Brown. The name "Buster" came directly or indirectly from the popularity of Buster Keaton, then a child actor in vaudeville. Another child, Roger Cushman Clark (1899-1995) from Deadwood, South Dakota, was also described as the "original model" for the character Buster Brown.

Buster Brown Discography Tracks


Buster Brown New King Of The Blues (Album, Comp) Fire Records (2) US 1961 Sell This Version
CG 709-11 Sonny Terry / Buster Brown Sonny Terry / Buster Brown - Toughest Terry & Baddest Brown(LP) Sundown (6) CG 709-11 US 1985 Sell This Version
CRB 1209 Buster Brown Good News(LP) Charly Records CRB 1209 UK 1989 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Buster Brown Fannie Mae (Single) Fire Records (2) US 1959 Sell This Version
Buster Brown Don't Dog Your Woman (Single) Fire Records (2) US 1960 Sell This Version
1020 Buster Brown The Madison Shuffle / John Henry (The Steel Driving Man)(7", Single) Fire Records (2) 1020 US 1960 Sell This Version
1032 Buster Brown Doctor Brown / Sincerely(7") Fire Records (2) 1032 US 1960 Sell This Version
1040 Buster Brown Blues When It Rains(7", Single) Fire Records (2) 1040 US 1961 Sell This Version
Buster Brown Sugar Babe / I'm Going-But I'll Be Back (Single) Fire Records (2) US 1962 Sell This Version
516 Buster Brown Raise A Ruckus Tonight / Gonna Love My Baby(7") Fire Records (2) 516 US 1962 Sell This Version
601 Buster Brown Trying To Learn How To Love You / Broadway On Fire(7") Gwenn 601 US 1962 Sell This Version
G 600 Buster Brown Slow Drag Part 1 & 2(7") Gwenn G 600 US 1962 Sell This Version
Buster Brown Fannie Mae / Is You Or Is You Ain't (Single) Collectables US 1963 Sell This Version
Buster Brown My Blue Heaven (Single) Serock Records US 1963 Sell This Version
OL 111 Buster Brown / Bobby Parker (2) Buster Brown / Bobby Parker (2) - Is You Is Or Is You Ain't / You Got What It Takes(7", Single) Oldies 45 OL 111 US 1964 Sell This Version
Buster Brown Crawling King Snake Checker US 1965 Sell This Version
LN 448 Buster Brown Fannie Mae / Is You Or Is You Ain't(7", Mono, RE) Lost Nite Records LN 448 US 1968 Sell This Version
1000 Buster Brown Big Legs - Big Stockings / I Love You For Sentimental Reasons(7", Single) Nocturn Records (2) 1000 US 1969 Sell This Version
MIN 713 B. Brown / Buster Brown B. Brown / Buster Brown - B. Brown / Buster Brown(7", EP) XX (4) MIN 713 UK 1972 Sell This Version
Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford / Buster Brown Don Gardner and Dee Dee Ford / Buster Brown - I Need Your Lovin' / Fannie Mae Roulette US Unknown Sell This Version
COL 3349 Buster Brown Don't Dog Your Woman / Doctor Brown(7", RE) Collectables COL 3349 US Unknown Sell This Version
OL 39 / OL 40 Gene Chandler, Buster Brown Gene Chandler, Buster Brown - Rainbow / Fannie Mae(7", Single, Rei) Oldies 45 OL 39 / OL 40 US Unknown Sell This Version
OL 40 Buster Brown / Les Cooper Buster Brown / Les Cooper - Fannie Mae / Wiggle Wobble(7", Single) Oldies 45 OL 40 US Unknown Sell This Version
COL 3348 Buster Brown Lost In A Dream / Madison(7", RE) Collectables COL 3348 US Unknown Sell This Version


Buster Brown Raise A Ruckus Tonight (Album, Comp) Relic Records UK 1976 Sell This Version

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