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Episode #273 – Ruth Brown, Pt. 3 – 1953-55

Air Week: July 27-August 2, 2015

Ruth Brown Ruth Brown, Pt. 3 – 1953-55

Ruth Brown was Atlantic Records first big star. She was so successful, racking up 24 R&B hits for the fledging label, that Atlantic was often called the “house that Ruth built.” This week, “Juke In The Back” continues its 4 part feature celebrating the music and influence of “Miss Rhythm.” Part 3 will feature another hour of Brown’s gritty, tough R&B and sweet ballads beginning in the middle of 1953 and continuing up through her first single release of 1955. During this period, she would score 2 more #1 hits with “Oh What A Dream,” which was written for her by Chuck Willis and “Mambo Baby.” These Ruth Brown sessions were co-produced by Jerry Wexler, who had joined Atlantic Records in ’53 as Atlantic’s co-founder Herb Abramson was drafted into the Army. Rock n’ roll was about to hit the mainstream as we close this final part of our Ruth Brown complete singles chronology. Next week, our look at Ruth Brown continues as we introduce a bonus show that will feature every one of her remaining charting singles from 1955-1960.

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