Nappy Brown - Don't Be Angry
Over the last little while I've developed much love for the music of one Napoleon 'Nappy' Brown. The jubilant Skidy Woe was the feature of a recent post
and it's very likely a couple more of his gems will appear in the upcoming months. Today's selection, Don't Be Angry, was Brown's biggest hit. The song originated as a ballad written by Clyde Wright, who sang with Brown in the gospel vocal quartet The Selah Jubilee Singers. Brown and Wright both left the group before they released Don't Be Angry in 1952 as The Sultans. When Brown's considerably sped up version soared to #2 on the R&B charts in 1955, Wright apparently considered suing but didn't because they were cousins. Brown went on to release some of the best 50s R&B and was an influence to many. Wright continued on the gospel path, joining the Golden Gate Quartet in 1954. As far as I can gather, he still sings with them now, almost 60 years later!
Labels: rhythm and blues