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Texas Johnny Brown

Texas Johnny Brown (February 22, 1928 – July 1, 2013) was an American blues guitarist, songwriter and singer, best known for his composition "Two Steps from the Blues". In a lengthy career, he worked with Joe Hinton, Amos Milburn, Ruth Brown, Bobby Bland, Lavelle White, Buddy Ace and Junior Parker. He was born in Mississippi, but his long association with Houston, Texas, gave him his stage name.

Before his death, Allmusic noted that Brown "remains one of the more immovable veterans dotting the inexplicably low-key Houston blues landscape". His jazzy guitar style of playing the blues has been attributed to the influence of Charlie Christian early in Brown's career.

Birth and Death Data: Born February 22nd, 1928 (Ackerman), Died July 1st, 2013 (Houston)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1950

Roles Represented in DAHR: guitar, vocalist

Recordings

Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Decca L 5401 2/9/1950 My luck is bound to change Johnnie Brown Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 5402 2/9/1950 You can't ruin my business Johnnie Brown Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 5403 2/9/1950 I'm gonna stop my foolin' Johnnie Brown Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  
Decca L 5404 2/9/1950 Red pepper in my pie Johnnie Brown Orchestra instrumentalist, guitar, vocalist  

Citation

Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Brown, Texas Johnny," accessed July 29, 2021, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111419.

Brown, Texas Johnny. (2021). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 29, 2021, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111419.

"Brown, Texas Johnny." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2021. Web. 29 July 2021.

DAHR Persistent Identifier

URI: https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/111419

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