(Big Boy) Brown and Bep Brown. Born John Thomas Brown in Mississippi, he was a member of the Rabbit Foot Minstrels in the Deep South before heading to Chicago. By 1945, Brown was recording behind Roosevelt Sykes and St. Louis Jimmy Oden, later backing Eddie Boyd and Washboard Sam for RCA Victor. He debuted on record as a bandleader in 1950 on the Harlem record label.
Brown, along with Gene Ammons also mentored the, then young, A.C. Reed. Meteor Records issued a couple of singles under Brown's name during the same timeframe. "Round House Boogie" / "Kickin' the Blues Around" was credited to the Bep Brown Orchestra; whilst "Sax-ony Boogie" was listed as by Saxman Brown and its b-side, the vocal "Dumb Woman Blues," as by J.T. (Big Boy) Brown. Brown later played and recorded with Elmore James.
He also recorded as a leader for several independent record labels, including United and JOB. In January 1969, he was part of Fleetwood Mac's Fleetwood Mac in Chicago/Blues Jam in Chicago, Vols. 1–2 album, singing on one track. He died in Chicago, in November 1969, at the age of 51. Read more on Last.fm.
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