[JPL] RIP Nappy Brown 10/12/1929-9/20/2008

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September 21, 2008

RIP Nappy Brown 10/12/1929-9/20/2008: The legendary blues shouter Nappy
Brown left us Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 10:30 pm. He was 78. In
addition to being blessed with one of the greatest voices the blues has ever
known, Nappy was a true character, and his action-packed stage performances
were simply amazing. He had experienced a comeback of late after the release
of his brilliant 2007 CD Long Time Coming, produced by longtime Nappy friend
and advocate Scott Cable for the Blind Pig record label. He was born
Napoleon Brown Culp on Oct 12, 1929 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and
started his music career singing gospel before switching to Rhythm & Blues
in the early 1950s. He landed a contract with Savoy Records in 1954 which
yielded numerous hits, including ³Don't Be Angry², ³I Cried Like A Baby²,
and ³Night Time Is The Right Time² (which Ray Charles would cover shortly
afterwards). His music career had a resurgence in the 1980s with albums on
Alligator, Ichiban, and Black Top. He also made guest appearances on albums
by Bob Margolin and Bob Corritore, as well as appearing on the Rhythm Room
Blues anthology released on HighTone (Nappy's photo appeared on the cover of
that CD). His powerhouse performance last May at the 2008 Blues Music Awards
ceremony was the highlight of that event. Shortly after that, Nappy was
hospitalized; and never was able to get his health back. Information
regarding his services (forthcoming on Saturday, September 27, 2008) will be
posted as it comes in. Bob Corritore will play a number of sets of Nappy's
unforgettable music throughout the course of his 5 hour show tonight;
listeners may hear Those Lowdown Blues, anywhere in the world (real time
Sunday nights from 6pm-11pm Phoenix time) via web streaming by clicking
here, or on KJZZ in Phoenix at 91.5 FM in Phoenix, Arizona, 89.5 in
Cottonwood, 98.9 in Tucson, and 99.1 in Kingman. Rest in peace, Nappy.

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