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!