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July 3, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
In fighting for one's legal rights in the jungle that is the music business, it takes more than a good lawyer. It takes a dedicated lawyer with a background as a lifelong fan. Such, it seems, is the lesson to be learned from the case of 60-year-old R&B singer Ruth Brown vs. Atlantic Records.
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November 18, 2006 | Ann Powers and Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writers
Ruth Brown, the pioneering singer whose 1950s hits including "Teardrops From My Eyes" and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean" helped establish both the rhythm-and-blues form and Atlantic Records as the genre's preeminent label, died Friday in a Las Vegas area hospital from complications after a heart attack and stroke earlier in the week. She was 78. The Grammy- and Tony Award-winning Brown had suffered a variety of ailments in recent years.
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July 19, 1996 | CHEO HODARI COKER
Pop singers rarely seem to improve with age because they often tend to simply rely on what has worked for them in the past rather than try to challenge themselves to find new means to approach their signature tunes. Not Ruth Brown, who began a two-week engagement on Wednesday at the Cinegrill. But she has been bucking trends for decades. The glorious, 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member proved during her rollicking 90-minute performance that she's still a vital vocalist.
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July 19, 1996 | CHEO HODARI COKER
Pop singers rarely seem to improve with age because they often tend to simply rely on what has worked for them in the past rather than try to challenge themselves to find new means to approach their signature tunes. Not Ruth Brown, who began a two-week engagement on Wednesday at the Cinegrill. But she has been bucking trends for decades. The glorious, 68-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member proved during her rollicking 90-minute performance that she's still a vital vocalist.
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June 3, 1988 | LEONARD FEATHER
Returning to the Cinegrill Wednesday, Ruth Brown referred to herself as "the oldest rhythm and blues singer in the world." While the point was debatable, the main issue is not the age of this soul survivor, but the talent. Brown, 60, has long since earned her black belt in blues belting. That she can still bring passion to her blockbuster record hits of the early 1950s--"Teardrops From My Eyes," "Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean"--soon became apparent.
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February 25, 1991 | ZAN STEWART
A diverse array of artists from singer Ray Charles and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis to funk horn band Tower of Power and R&B pioneer Ruth Brown head the lineup for the Playboy Jazz Festival June 15-16 at the Hollywood Bowl. The schedule, announced at a press conference last week at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, also includes a number of free events and a June 14 screening of rare jazz films from the Mark Cantor archives at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills.
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September 17, 1990 | DON SNOWDEN
"Stormy Monday" figured to be a mighty popular song at the 11th annual Long Beach Blues Festival at Cal State Long Beach on Saturday. This year's event was dedicated to T-Bone Walker, who wrote that classic blues, but none of Saturday's headliners mentioned Walker. Nor were there any references to another Texas blues guitarzan, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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November 18, 2006 | Ann Powers and Randy Lewis, Times Staff Writers
Ruth Brown, the pioneering singer whose 1950s hits including "Teardrops From My Eyes" and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean" helped establish both the rhythm-and-blues form and Atlantic Records as the genre's preeminent label, died Friday in a Las Vegas area hospital from complications after a heart attack and stroke earlier in the week. She was 78. The Grammy- and Tony Award-winning Brown had suffered a variety of ailments in recent years.
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September 21, 1990 | DON HECKMAN
"When I sat down in that seat next to Johnny Carson last week, I said, 'Thank you, Lord, thank you. I have finally made it.' " Ruth Brown, looking fit and trim in an electric-blue outfit, was a few days past that momentous experience. Comfortably situated in her suite at the Hollywood Roosevelt, grinning like a Cheshire cat, she described the achievement of one of her most elusive goals: a chance to sing on Johnny Carson's "The Tonight Show." "And not just sing," she continued.
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March 5, 1994 | By HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Ruth Brown had her way, she would teach at Pacoima Middle School for another 34 years. But time and her deteriorating health won't allow it. Brown, who began as a physical fitness teacher in 1960 and later moved up to dean of students, was forced to leave her job in January due to a malignant brain tumor that made it increasingly difficult for her to perform her duties.
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March 5, 1994 | By HUGO MARTIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If Ruth Brown had her way, she would teach at Pacoima Middle School for another 34 years. But time and her deteriorating health won't allow it. Brown, who began as a physical fitness teacher in 1960 and later moved up to dean of students, was forced to leave her job in January due to a malignant brain tumor that made it increasingly difficult for her to perform her duties.
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January 7, 1993 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Call it a birthday to remember. Veteran singer Ruth Brown will turn 65 on Tuesday, the day she's due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. To make the honor even more gratifying, Brown--who'll be honored along with such other acts as Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Doors and Sly & the Family Stone--is still a productive artist.
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December 30, 1991 | JIM WASHBURN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
When it comes to American treasures, rank B.B. King right up there with the Grand Canyon and baseball. The bluesman is one of the most masterful singers and instrumentalists this nation has produced, and he never seems to take his gifts for granted.
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December 26, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM, Mike Boehm covers pop music for The Times Orange County Edition
In 1991, the pop music world seemed to be paying as much attention to dollars paid as to notes played. Multimillion-dollar recording deals signed by Janet and Michael Jackson, Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones were certainly jolting, and perhaps a little incomprehensible, to anyone whose own finances revolve around the paycheck and the credit card bill. But in terms of truly remarkable numbers, all of them will be hard pressed to ever match some of the figures associated with B.B.
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June 13, 1991 | DON HECKMAN
Ruth Brown's return to the Cinegrill on Tuesday had a poignant aspect: It was a booking in that Hollywood room three years ago that triggered the revival of the veteran R&B singer's career. In the interim, her voice has grown richer and more versatile, her onstage manner has become smoother and more self-assured. Above all, at age 63 she has transformed herself from a revival act into a powerful contemporary artist.
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December 26, 1991 | MIKE BOEHM, Mike Boehm covers pop music for The Times Orange County Edition
In 1991, the pop music world seemed to be paying as much attention to dollars paid as to notes played. Multimillion-dollar recording deals signed by Janet and Michael Jackson, Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones were certainly jolting, and perhaps a little incomprehensible, to anyone whose own finances revolve around the paycheck and the credit card bill. But in terms of truly remarkable numbers, all of them will be hard pressed to ever match some of the figures associated with B.B.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 7, 1993 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Call it a birthday to remember. Veteran singer Ruth Brown will turn 65 on Tuesday, the day she's due to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during a dinner at the Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. To make the honor even more gratifying, Brown--who'll be honored along with such other acts as Creedence Clearwater Revival, the Doors and Sly & the Family Stone--is still a productive artist.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 25, 1991 | ZAN STEWART
A diverse array of artists from singer Ray Charles and trumpeter Wynton Marsalis to funk horn band Tower of Power and R&B pioneer Ruth Brown head the lineup for the Playboy Jazz Festival June 15-16 at the Hollywood Bowl. The schedule, announced at a press conference last week at the Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, also includes a number of free events and a June 14 screening of rare jazz films from the Mark Cantor archives at the Samuel Goldwyn Theatre in Beverly Hills.
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January 9, 1991 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Charles Brown is a survivor--and a pretty good one, at that. Forty-plus years after he cranked out a string of hit R&B recordings with Johnny Moore's Three Blazers, the tall, amiable singer and pianist is experiencing a remarkable revival. "I haven't gone nowhere," he said last weekend at his suite in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. "There have been up times and down times, but I'm still here, doing what I do." Brown opened a two-week run Tuesday at the Roosevelt's Cinegrill.
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