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Milton Brown

Milton Brown (September 8, 1903 – April 18, 1936) was an American band leader and vocalist who co-founded the genre of Western swing. His band was the first to fuse hillbilly hokum, jazz, and pop together into a unique, distinctly American hybrid, thus giving him the nickname, "Father of Western Swing". The birthplace of Brown's upbeat "hot-jazz hillbilly" string band sound was developed at the Crystal Springs Dance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas from 1931 to 1936.

Along with Bob Wills, with whom he performed at the beginning of his career, Brown developed the sound and style of Western swing in the early 1930s. For a while, he and his band, the Musical Brownies, were more popular than Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys. Brown's career was cut short in 1936 when he died following a car accident.

Birth and Death Data: Born September 7, 1903 (Stephenville), Died April 18, 1936 (Fort Worth)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1932 - 1936

Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist, leader, director, composer, lyricist, speaker

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= Recordings were issued from this master. No recordings issued from other masters.

Recordings (Results 26-50 of 108 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca 60615 10-in. 3/3/1936 Mexicali rose Milton Brown vocalist, leader  
Decca 60616 10-in. 3/3/1936 Stay on the right side sister Milton Brown vocalist, leader  
Decca 60617 10-in. 3/3/1936 If you can't get five, take two Milton Brown vocalist, leader  
Decca 60618 10-in. 3/3/1936 Cielito lindo (Beautiful heaven) Milton Brown vocalist, leader  
Decca 60619 10-in. 3/3/1936 The waltz you saved for me Milton Brown vocalist, leader  
Decca 60620 10-in. 3/3/1936 The eyes of Texas Milton Brown vocalist, leader  
Decca 60621 10-in. 3/3/1936 I had someone else before I had you Milton Brown vocalist, leader  
Decca 60622 10-in. 3/3/1936 I've got the blues for Mammy Milton Brown vocalist, leader  
Decca 60623 10-in. 3/3/1936 Texas hambone blues Milton Brown vocalist, leader  
Decca 60624 10-in. 3/3/1936 Easy ridin' Papa Milton Brown vocalist, leader  
Decca 60625 10-in. 3/3/1936 Am I blue Milton Brown vocalist, leader  
Decca 60626 10-in. 3/4/1936 The wheel of the wagon is broken Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca 60627 10-in. 3/4/1936 Memphis blues Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca 60628 10-in. 3/4/1936 Somebody stole my gal Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca 60629 10-in. 3/4/1936 Under the double eagle Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca 60630 10-in. 3/4/1936 Washington and Lee swing Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca 60631 10-in. 3/4/1936 When I'm gone don't you grieve Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca 60632 10-in. 3/4/1936 The sweetheart of Sigma Chi Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca 60633 10-in. 3/4/1936 An old water mill by a waterfall Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca 60634 10-in. 3/4/1936 The hesitation blues Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca 60635 10-in. 3/4/1936 Avalon Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca 60636 10-in. 3/4/1936 Sadie Green Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca 60637 10-in. 3/4/1936 Show me the way to go home Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca 60638 10-in. 3/4/1936 The yellow rose of Texas Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca 60639 10-in. 3/4/1936 The Roseland melody Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
(Results 26-50 of 108 records)

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brown, Milton," accessed October 3, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104157.

Brown, Milton. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved October 3, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104157.

"Brown, Milton." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 3 October 2022.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/104157

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