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Born Napoleon Culp, he borrowed his father’s surname, Brown. He had a deep, raw voice and a powerful delivery derived from gospel. In songs like “Don’t Be Angry” and “Piddily Patter Patter” (also known as “Pitter Patter”) he developed a driving but still light approach with a basic blues band and lots of wordplay. During his heyday, in the mid to late 50s, Nappy was a prolific recording artist for Savoy Records and a much-in-demand stage performer, often playing every night and touring all over the country. During that period he traveled and performed with Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Little Richard, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, and T-Bone Walker


Article: Profile

Graham Bond: Wading in Murky Waters

Read "Graham Bond: Wading in Murky Waters" reviewed by Duncan Heining

Organist and saxophonist Graham Bond was the most important and influential musical pioneer to emerge from British jazz in the 1960s. High praise indeed, but in his case it is warranted. His legacy might be defined less by the music he recorded and more by the impact he had on subsequent generations of musicians. However, that ...


News: Performance / Tour

Blues Rocker Tinsley Ellis to Perform in Sellersville

Blues-rocking guitarist/vocalist Tinsley Ellis will perform at the Sellersville Theater in Sellersville on Wednesday, February 1, 2012. Ellis will be performing songs from his latest Alligator release, Speak No Evil. Over the course of 11 albums and literally thousands of live performances, Ellis is one of today's most electrifying guitarists and vocalists. Rolling Stone says he ...


News: Performance / Tour

Nappy Brown Memorial Show Scheduled for Sunday, October 18, 2009 at the Double Door Inn in Charlotte, North Carolina

Nappy Brown Memorial Show Scheduled for Sunday, October 18, 2009 at the Double Door Inn in Charlotte, North Carolina

A memorial show to honor the late Nappy Brown will take place Sunday, October 18, 2009 at the Double Door Inn in Charlotte, North Carolina,. The lineup includes Mookie Brill, Maurice Williams, Mac Arnold, Audrey Turner, Robin Rogers, Betty Pride, Scott Cable, Bob Margolin, and more! Tickets are $15 at the door and $12 in advance. ...


News: Obituary

Nappy Brown Blues and R&b Singer Dies

Nappy Brown Blues and R&b Singer Dies

Nappy Brown, a blues and R&B singer whose playful songs of the mid-1950s filled with nonsense syllables, eccentric pronunciation and a heavy beat had touches of early rock n roll style. Brown died on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C., where he lived. He was 78. The cause was respiratory failure, said Scott Cable, his friend and producer. ...


Long Time Coming

Label: Blind Pig Records
Released: 2007


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