[JPL] Ruth Brown Passes

Jae Sinnett jaejazz at yahoo.com
Fri Nov 17 14:19:37 EST 2006

Sad news indeed. Ruth is from this area...Portsmouth actually. There was an article that ran in the local paper a couple days ago saying she was in a Nevada hospital on life support and the situation didn't look good. She was an R&B icon and tremendously popular in the Hampton Roads area. Although her career focused more on R&B she sang blues and jazz. One of my favorite Ruth Brown recordings was a 1968 release she did with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra. I think it was re-issued in 2002. I'm sure there will be much in our local publications about her. For those interested the local paper for the South side of Hampton Roads that would more than likely do the stories is the Virginian Pilot. If she passed today something should be in the paper tomorrow and available online. 
  Jae Sinnett 

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This is all the notice I need to go public with the announcement regarding Ruth Brown. ALOHA Tom
Friday, November 27, 2006

For Immediate Release: 

I have just received word from my colleagues at Festival Productions that the great Ruth Brown passed away this morning. Evidently she had been on life support. 

I have no other information at this time.

One of my fondest memories of Ruth was when she sang so beautifully at the funeral of our friend, LaVern Baker. 

Another memory was hanging out with her backstage at the Rockport Rhythm & Blues Festival in Newport, Rhode Island when she showed up backstage in a hot pink pant suit with a big bowler hat in order to say hello to Aretha in her trailer. Aretha opened her trailer door and shouted, “Hey baby! Come on in!!”

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