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Collection Number: 70124

Collection Title: Charles Brown Collection, 1987-1999

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Size 7.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4000 items)
Abstract Collection consists of audio recordings, including interviews, live concert recordings, radio broadcasts, studio master tapes; photographs; newspaper clippings; correspondence; and promotional materials relating to African American rhythm and blues musician Charles Brown (1922-1999). Audio recordings include audiocassettes of live concerts and radio interviews, 2" studio multi-track tapes of the Charles Brown Trio recorded at Russian Hill in San Francisco, Calif., and DAT tapes of live gigs. Some of the interviews were conducted by Danny Caron, a white man who was Brown's guitarist and musical director from 1987 to 1999. Video recordings include digital video tapes and VHS tapes of concerts, including the Belgium Rhythm 'n' Blues Festival.
Creator Brown, Charles, 1922-1999
Curatorial Unit University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Library. Southern Folklife Collection.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
This collection is not available for immediate or same day access. Please contact Research and Instructional Service staff at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu to discuss options for consulting this collection.
Use of audio or moving image materials may require production of listening or viewing copies.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Charles Brown Collection #70124, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Danny Caron, April 2022 (Acc. 20220503.3)
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Charles Brown (1922-1999) was an African American rhythm and blues singer and pianist whose soft-toned, slow-paced blues-club style influenced blues performance in the 1940s and 1950s. Between 1949 and 1952, Brown had seven Top 10 hits in the U.S. Billboard R&B chart. His best-selling recordings included "Driftin' Blues" and "Merry Christmas Baby." He influenced performers including Floyd Dixon, Cecil Gant, Ivory Joe Hunter, Percy Mayfield, Johnny Ace, and Ray Charles. Brown was highly recognized for his contributions to American music. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1996 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999. He was a recipient of a 1997 National Heritage Fellowship awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts, which is the highest honor in the folk and traditional arts in the United States. Brown was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Blues Album three times: in 1991 for All My Life, 1992 for Someone To Love, and 1995 for Charles Brown's Cool Christmas Blues. Between 1987 and 2005, he was nominated for seventeen Blues Music Awards (formerly known as the W. C. Handy Awards) in multiple categories, with a win in the Blues Instrumentalist: Piano/Keyboard category in 1991, and wins in the Male Blues Vocalist category in 1993 and 1995.

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Collection consists of audio recordings, including interviews, live concert recordings, radio broadcasts, studio master tapes; photographs; newspaper clippings; correspondence; and promotional materials relating to African American rhythm and blues musician Charles Brown. Audio recordings include audiocassettes of live concerts and radio interviews, 2" studio multi-track tapes of the Charles Brown Trio recorded at Russian Hill in San Francisco, Calif., and DAT tapes of live gigs. Some of the interviews were conducted by Danny Caron, a white man who was Brown's guitarist and musical director from 1987 to 1999. Video recordings include digital video tapes and VHS tapes of concerts, including the Belgium Rhythm 'n' Blues Festival.

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Processing Information

This summary description was created in May 2022 to provide information about materials in Wilson Special Collections Library.

Encoded by: Dawne Howard Lucas, May 2022

Since August 2017, we have added ethnic and racial identities for individuals and families represented in collections. To determine identity, we rely on self-identification; other information supplied to the repository by collection creators or sources; public records, press accounts, and secondary sources; and contextual information in the collection materials. Omissions of ethnic and racial identities in finding aids created or updated after August 2017 are an indication of insufficient information to make an educated guess or an individual's preference for identity information to be excluded from description. When we have misidentified, please let us know at wilsonlibrary@unc.edu.

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