On this day in R&B history in 1929, Nappy Brown was born in North Carolina. His greatest commercial success was in the mid-50s with the emerging "rock 'n' roll" craze fueled by Alan Freed and his live reviews. However, these days he is greatly under appreciated and certainly less celebrated than he deserves.
Nappy came to R&B fresh out of gospel in 1954, a year when gospel-influenced vocalization became ever more prevalent in rhythm 'n' blues. It was the year Ray Charles is credited with inventing soul music by combining gospel with R&B. However, this trend had really been gradually gaining momentum in previous years with other artists. Nappy Brown was part of that trend. You can especially hear it in his slow burners like "I'm in the Mood," "Down in the Alley" and his original version of "The Right Time" which was later covered by Ray Charles.
Nappy is best remembered for his upbeat, finger snapping R&B romps which can send a grump like me skipping down the street with big dumb smile of sunshine slapped across my face. This one contains Nappy's signature singing style with lots of extra weird suffixes added to perfectly normal words like "am". In this case the words "Am I" are repeatedly sung as "Am-el I, Am-el I, Am-el I?" What a weirdo! I love him! Check it out!
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I'm excited to highlight some of my favorite records in a variety of genres (soul, R&B, classic country, rockabilly, oldies, garage rock, etc). These won't all necessarily be "dance" records per se. They will all be records that I believe deserve a special listen. I simply love good music, rare or not. Hopefully you will spend some time here and love music right along with me! Lets give this a shot!