Andrew Brown

Andrew Brown

Real Name:
Andrew Brown
Profile:
born 25/02/1937 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA
died 11/12/1985 in Harvey, Illinois, USA

Biography by Bill Dahl

Tragically under-recorded until late in his career, Chicago blues guitarist Andrew Brown still had time enough to wax a handful of great singles during the mid-'60s and two '80s albums (unfortunately, both of them were only available as imports) that beautifully showcased his fluid, concise lead guitar and hearty vocals.

The Mississippi native moved to Chicago in 1946. With Earl Hooker teaching him a few key licks, Brown matured quickly; he was playing in south suburban clubs -- his main circuit -- by the early '50s. His 45s for USA (1962's "You Better Stop") and 4 Brothers (the mid-'60s sides "You Ought to Be Ashamed" and "Can't Let You Go") were well-done urban blues. But it wasn't until 1980, when Alligator issued three of his songs on its second batch of Living Chicago Blues anthologies, that Brown's name began to resonate outside the Windy City.

Producer Dick Shurman was responsible for Brown's only two albums: the Handy Award-winning Big Brown's Chicago Blues for Black Magic in 1982 and On the Case for Double Trouble three years later. But Brown was already suffering from lung cancer when the second LP emerged. He died a short time later.

All Music info by Bill Dahl who also wrote the liner notes to the Andrew Brown boxset on Black Magic Records
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Andrew Brown Discography

Albums

Lacy Gibson / Big Leon Brooks' Blues Harp Band / Andrew Brown Lacy Gibson / Big Leon Brooks' Blues Harp Band / Andrew Brown - Living Chicago Blues Volume 5 (Comp) Alligator Records France 1980 Sell This Version
Andrew Brown Big Brown's Chicago Blues (Album) Black Magic Records (2) Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
DT-3010 Andrew Brown On The Case(LP, Album) Double Trouble Records DT-3010 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
9039 Andrew Brown Big Browns Blues(Box, Ltd + 2xCD) Black Magic Records (2) 9039 Netherlands 2006 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Andrew Brown Something Can Go Wrong / You Better Stop USA Records (2) US 1964 Sell This Version
4B 444 Andrew Brown First Love / Let's Get Together(7") 4 Brothers 4B 444 US 1965 Sell This Version
4-B-449 Andrew Brown Can't Let You Go / For Liz(7") 4 Brothers 4-B-449 US 1965 Sell This Version
4B446 Andrew Brown If We Try / You Ought To Be Ashamed(7") 4 Brothers 4B446 US 1965 Sell This Version
351 Andrew Brown Blue Monday / You Made Me Suffer(7") Brave Records (4) 351 US 1973 Sell This Version

Compilations

Detroit Junior / Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson* / Queen Sylvia Embry, Big Leon Brooks' Blues Harp Band, Andrew Brown Detroit Junior / Luther "Guitar Junior" Johnson* / Queen Sylvia Embry, Big Leon Brooks' Blues Harp Band, Andrew Brown - Living Chicago Blues · Volume Number 4 (Comp) Alligator Records US 1991 Sell This Version

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