Ruth Brown, R'n'B Legend Dies at 78

Published: 2006-11-20
She was known as the original Queen of R'n'B and Miss Rhythm and with her death, Ruth Brown has left a lasting legacy.

After signing to Atlantic Records, Brown captured audiences in the 50's with hits like "Teardrops in My Eyes," "5-10-15 Hours" and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean." The success she brought to Atlantic was so huge that the label became known as "The House that Ruth Built."

Brown's career stayed strong in the 70s and 80s. She continued to record and she joined the musical circuit, eventually winning a Tony Award in 1989 for her performance in Black & Blue. Brown also hosted two National Pubic Radio shows, "Harlem Hit Parade" and "Blues Stage."

Also known as the girl with a tear in her voice, Brown's achievements were recognized with her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.

Brown died on Friday in Las Vegas due to complications following a stroke and heart attack.

Writer: Meghan Wubs



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