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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 101-108 of 108 records)

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca C 9731 10-in. 1/28/1935 Taking off Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca C 9732 10-in. 1/28/1935 The Darktown Strutters' Ball Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca C 9733 10-in. 1/28/1935 Crafton blues Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca C 9734 10-in. 1/28/1935 Black and white rag Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca C 9735 10-in. 1/28/1935 In the shade of the old apple tree Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca C 9736 10-in. 1/28/1935 Little Betty Brown Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca C 9737 10-in. 1/28/1935 Going up Brushy Fork Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
Decca C 9737 10-in. 1/28/1935 Going up Brushy Fork Brownies [Milton Brown] vocalist, leader  
(Results 101-108 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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