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Ruth Brown (January 12/January 30, 1928 – November 17, 2006) was an American singer-songwriter and actress also known as "Queen of R&B" noted for bringing a pop music style to R&B music in a series of hit songs for Atlantic Records in the 1950s, such as "So Long", "Teardrops from My Eyes" and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean". For these contributions, Atlantic became known as "The house that Ruth built" (alluding to the popular nickname for Old Yankee Stadium).Following a resurgence that began in the mid-1970s and peaked in the 1980s, Brown used her influence to press for musicians' rights regarding royalties and contracts, which led to the founding of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Her performances in the Broadway musical Black and Blue earned Brown a Tony Award, and the original cast recording won a Grammy Award. Wikipedia

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Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child2000TV SeriesAnt / Tortoise
Rebel Highway1994TV SeriesElla Baldwin
Shake, Rattle and Rock!1994TV MovieElla
American Playhouse1993TV SeriesMrs. Sherman
Great Performances1993TV Series
True Identity1991Martha
Hairspray1988Motormouth Maybelle
Under the Rainbow1981Cleaning Woman
Checking In1981TV SeriesBetty
The Jeffersons1981TV SeriesBetty
Hello, Larry1979-1980TV SeriesLeona Wilson

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Gotham2014TV Series performer - 1 episode
Soul Kitchen2009performer: "I DON'T KNOW"
Seven Pounds2008performer: "I Don't Know"
Nights in Rodanthe2008performer: "Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean"
My Blueberry Nights2007performer: "Looking Back"
The Hurricane1999performer: "I Don't Know"
Great Performances1997TV Series performer - 1 episode
True Identity1991performer: "If I Can't Sell It, I'll Just Keep Sittin' On It"
The 43rd Annual Tony Awards1989TV Special performer: "Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do"
Heart of Midnight1988performer: " Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean"
Quicksilver1986performer: "Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean"
Rhythm and Blues Revue1955Documentary performer: "It's Raining Teardrops From My Eyes"
Show Time at the Apollo1955TV Series performer - 5 episodes

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Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ray2004/Iproducers wish to thank

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Dancing Man1992DocumentaryHerself
Ebony/Jet Showcase1989TV SeriesHerself
The 43rd Annual Tony Awards1989TV SpecialHerself - Performer & Winner: Best Leading Actress in a Musical
Late Night with David Letterman1989TV SeriesHerself
That Rhythm, Those Blues1988TV Movie documentaryHerself
Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary: It's Only Rock 'n' Roll1988TV MovieHerself
Sunday Night1988TV SeriesHerself
Rhythm and Blues Revue1955DocumentaryHerself
Rock 'n' Roll Revue1955Herself
Show Time at the Apollo1955TV SeriesHerself - Singer
Let Freedom Sing: How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement2009DocumentaryHerself
Ruth Brown: Better Late Than Never2005DocumentaryHerself
Soul Deep: The Story of Black Popular Music2005TV Mini-Series documentaryHerself - Singer
Lightning in a Bottle2004DocumentaryHerself
22nd Annual W.C. Handy Blues Awards2001TV SpecialHerself
The Mark Twain Prize: Richard Pryor1999TV MovieHerself
Austin City Limits1999TV Series documentaryHerself
Late Show with David Letterman1997TV SeriesHerself
Great Performances1997TV SeriesHerself
Bonnie Raitt: Road Tested1996TV Movie documentary
Charlie Rose1996TV SeriesHerself
The History of Rock 'N' Roll, Vol. 11995TV Movie documentaryHerself
B.B. King: The Blues Summit1995TV SpecialHerself
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1993TV SeriesHerself
Abbey Lincoln: You Gotta Pay the Band1993TV MovieHerself

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Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Soul Power!2013TV Series documentaryHerself
Village Music: Last of the Great Record Stores2012DocumentaryHerself
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live: Whole Lotta Shakin'2009VideoHerself
American Masters2007TV Series documentaryHerself
Standing in the Shadows of Motown2002DocumentaryHerself
Smoothie1992DocumentaryHerself
The Ladies Sing the Blues1989Herself

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#Fact
1Was scheduled to film Honeydripper (2007) with Danny Glover at the time of her death.
2A small-town Southern girl, she first started singing in churches and segregated USO shows.
3In the 1960s, after three disastrous marriages, her career flagged and she was forced to support herself and her two sons as a teacher's aide, a bus driver and a housekeeper.
4Her fight for musicians' rights and royalties in 1987 led to the founding of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. She was inducted as a Pioneer Award recipient in its first year, 1989. In 1993, she was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as "The Queen Mother of the Blues".
5Best known in films for her role as Motormouth Maybelle in John Waters' Hairspray (1988).
6During the 1960s she drifted away from her career to become a housewife and mother, and only returned to music in 1975 at the urging of Redd Foxx, followed by a series of TV and film outings.
7Willis Conover, a local Washington DJ, caught her act and recommended her to Atlantic Records, but Ruth was unable to audition for the company due to a serious car accident that resulted in a nine-month hospital visit. In 1948, however, the record talent caught her act in a club and convinced her to switch from ballads to rhythm and blues.
8Blanche Calloway, Cab Calloway's sister, and also a bandleader, arranged a gig for Ruth at a Washington nightclub called Crystal Caverns and soon became her manager.
9Some of her better known hits: "So Long" (1949); "Teardrops from My Eyes" (1950) (one of her biggest that earned her the name "Miss Rhythm"), "I'll Wait for You" (1951); "I Know" (1951); "5-10-15 Hours" (1953); "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean" (1953); "Oh What a Dream" (1954); "Mambo Baby" (1954); and "Don't Deceive Me" (1960).
10Aunt of rapper Rakim.
11Order of marriages (first to last): Brown, Swanson, Blunt.
12Had an out-of-wedlock son by Clyde McPhatter, singer Ronn David McPhatter.
13She had a Top 25 hit on the US Pop charts in 1957 - 'Lucky Lips' on Atlantic Records.
14Won Broadway's 1989 Tony Award as Best Actress (Musical) for "Black and Blue," a performance she recreated in the television version of the same title, Great Performances: Black and Blue (1993).
15Ranked #60 on VH-1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock & Roll (1999).
16Elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.


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