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.