Miss Rhythm: The Autobiography of Ruth Brown, Rhythm and Blues Legend

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Da Capo Press, 1999 - Music - 360 pages
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Before Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Tina Turner, there was Ruth Brown, the legendary rhythm and blues singer best known for her hits "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean," "Teardrops from My Eyes," and "5-10-15 Hours." Her powerhouse voice and sassy squeal brought worldwide success to the Atlantic label in the 1950s. But it took a decades-long battle with Atlantic to receive her full royalties, which inspired the creation of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.In Miss Rhythm, the singer shares candid recollections: the early days of R&B; the racism she endured on the road; and her abusive husbands and lovers. In the '80s and '90s, Brown earned a Tony and Grammy Award and a role as Motormouth Maybelle in John Water's cult film Hairspray. Miss Rhythm is a story of trial and triumph, and of chart-topping success despite seemingly impossible odds.

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Brown's rise was not uncommon. A small-town Southern girl begins to sing in church and "coloreds-only" USO shows, gets discovered, and is offered a recording contract. In Brown's case the record ... Read full review


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Ruth Brown has written and illustrated more than twenty books for children since her first book was published in 1978. Among her many notable titles are "If at First You Do Not See," "Copycat," and "A Dark, Dark Tale," She lives with her husband and two sons in Bath, England.

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