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Joe Brown

Joe Brown (singer)

Joseph Roger Brown (born 13 May 1941), known as Joe Brown, is a British entertainer of the 1960s and beyond.

Although born in Swarby, Lincolnshire, Brown sustained a career as a Cockney rock'n'roll singer and guitarist. He was a live and television performer in the late 1950s, a UK recording star in the early 1960s.

Career

In 1956, Brown formed The Spacemen skiffle group, which became the backing group on Jack Good's television series Boy Meets Girls in 1959.

Rechristened Joe Brown And The Bruvvers', the group joined Larry Parnes' artists and signed to Decca Records. Brown charted with "The Darktown Strutters Ball" in 1960 and had UK Top 10 hits on the Piccadilly label in 1962-63 with "A Picture Of You", "It Only Took A Minute" and "That's What Love Will Do".

Brown was voted "Top UK Vocal Performer" in 1962 and 1963 by NME magazine. He went on to appear in films, pantomime and stage musicals, notably Charlie Girl in the West End. He presented the children's television series, Joe & Co, on BBC TV, and a daytime quiz show on ITV called Square One.

In 1972, he formed another band, Brown's Home Brew, which played country music and featured his wife, Vicki Brown, who died of cancer in 1991. Their daughter, Sam Brown, is also a singer.

Brown plays acoustic guitar, electric guitar, ukulele, mandolin and fiddle.

He was best man at George Harrison's second marriage in 1978. Following Harrison's death from lung cancer on 29 November 2001, he appeared at the Concert for George singing "I'll See You in My Dreams", accompanying himself on the ukulele.

Brown appeared on a track on Harrison's last album, Brainwashed.

Brown continues to performs and makes occasional TV appearances. He is working on a musical, Don't You Rock Me Daddio, with songwriter Roger Cook. In December 2006, he was one of three guest hosts of Sounds of the 60s on BBC Radio 2 during the absence of host Brian Matthew.

Discography

Singles

  • 2008 "Everybody's Famous" - Track Records
  • 2004 "I'll See You In My Dreams" - Track Records
  • 1999 "On A Day Like This" - Round Tower Music - RTMS9901CD
  • 1999 "That's The Way The World Goes Round" - Round Tower Music - RTMS9902CD
  • 1997 "Old Chunk Of Coal" - Demon - JBPROMO1
  • 1993 "Come On Joe" - Joe Brown Prod'ns - UGCD001
  • 1983 "Give Us A Break" - BBC Records - RESL134
  • 1981 "Hey Mama" - TFC - TFC1
  • 1979 "Free Inside" - Acrobat - BAT10
  • 1977 "The Boxer" - Power Exchange - PX252
  • 1977 "All Things Bright & Beautiful" - Power Exchange - PX261
  • 1976 "Always Laughing" - Pinnacle - P8434
  • 1974 "Tennessee Mashman" - Vertigo Records - 6059099
  • 1974 "Build A Wall" - Vertigo - 6059110
  • 1973 "Hey Mama" - Ammo - AMO101
  • 1970 "Molly Perkins" - Penny Farthing Records - PEN718
  • 1969 "Sweet Music" / "Suzanne" - MCA Records - MU1082
  • 1968 "Bottle Of Wine" - MCA - MU1003
  • 1968 "Davy The Fat Boy" - MCA - MU1030
  • 1967 "With A Little Help From My Friends" - Pye Records - 7N17339
  • 1966 "Sea Of Heartbreak" - Pye - 7N17074
  • 1966 "Little Ray Of Sunshine" - Pye - 7N17135
  • 1966 "A Satisfied Mind" - Pye - 7N17184
  • 1965 "Teardrops In The Rain" - Pye - 7N15784
  • 1965 "Sicilian Tarantella" - Pye - 7N15888
  • 1965 "Charlie Girl" - Pye - 7N15983
  • 1964 "You Do Things To Me" - Piccadilly Records - 7N35163
  • 1964 "Don't" / "Just Like That" - Piccadilly - 7N35194
  • 1963 "That's What Love Will Do" - Piccadilly - 7N35106
  • 1963 "Nature's Time For Love" - Piccadilly - 7N35129
  • 1963 "Sally Ann" - Piccadilly - 7N35138
  • 1963 "Little Ukelele" - Piccadilly - 7N35150
  • 1962 "What A Crazy World We're Livin' In" - Piccadilly - 7N35024
  • 1962 "A Picture Of You" - Piccadilly - 7N35047
  • 1962 "Your Tender Look" - Piccadilly - 7N35058
  • 1962 "It Only Took A Minute" - Piccadilly - 7N35082
  • 1961 "Shine" / "The Switch" - Pye - 7N15322
  • 1961 "Crazy Mixed Up Kid" - Piccadilly - 7N35000
  • 1961 "I'm Henry The Eighth" - Piccadilly - 7N35005
  • 1960 "The Darktown Strutters Ball" - Decca Records - F11207
  • 1960 "Jellied Eels" - Decca - F11246
  • 1959 "People Gotta Talk" - Decca - F11185

Albums

  • 1962 A Picture Of You - Golden Guinea - GGL0146
  • 1962 A Picture of Joe Brown - Decca/Ace Of Clubs - ACL1127
  • 1963 Joe Brown - Live - Piccadilly Records - NPL8005
  • 1963 Joe Brown / Mark Wynter - Golden Guinea - GGL0179
  • 1963 Here Comes Joe - Golden Guinea - GGL0231
  • 1964 Charlie Girl (orig Cast Rec.) - CBS CBS2627
  • 1965 What A Crazy World - Golden Guinea - GGL0272
  • 1966 Bits Of Joe Brown - Marble Arch Records - MAL651
  • 1968 Joe Brown - MCA Records - MUPS347
  • 1972 Brown's Home Brew - Bell Records - BELLS208
  • 1974 Together (B. H. Brew) - Vertigo Records - 6360114
  • 1974 The Joe Brown Collection - Golden Hour - GH583
  • 1977 Joe Brown Live - Power Exchange - PXLS2002
  • 1987 Here Comes Joe - Diamond - DLP500
  • 1988 Hits'N'Pieces - PRT Records - PYL4017
  • 1990 A Golden Hour Of - Knight - KGHCD121
  • 1991 Onstage Jet - JETCD1002
  • 1993 Come On Joe - Joe Brown Productions - CDUG001
  • 1993 The Joe Brown Story - Sequel - NED235
  • 1994 Live & In The Studio - See For Miles - C5MCD612
  • 1995 A Picture Of You - Entertainment Today - 5507592
  • 1997 56 & Taller Than You Think - Joe Brown Productions - FIEND790
  • 1999 On A Day Like This - Round Tower Music - RTMCD92
  • 2001 A Showbusiness Lifetime - Joe Brown Productions - UGCD003
  • 2004 Jiggery Pokery - Joe Brown Productions - UGCD005
  • 2004 Hittin The High Spots - Track Records - TRA1051
  • 2006 Down To Earth - Track Records - TRA1057

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