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 (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|
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.
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