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Died On This Date (September 13, 2008) Nappy Brown / Early R&B Great

Posted by themusicsover on September 13, 2009

Napoleon “Nappy” Brown
October 12, 1929 – September 13, 2008

Nappy Brown was one of the most popular R&B singers during the ’50s, often touring with Alan Freed’s rock ‘n roll reviews.  He was part of that first wave of black performers whose music was embraced by young white audiences.  He had two significant hits during his early career, “Night Time Is The Right Time,” and “Don’t Be Angry,” which made it to#2 on the singles chart in 1955.  Like so many R&B stars of his era, Brown’s music fell out of favor with American audiences during the mid ’60s so he all but retired from the business.  He was coaxed out of retirement in the early ’80s and continued to record and tour up until the year of his death.  Nappy Brown passed away in his sleep on September 13, 2008.  He was 78 years old.

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