Willie Brown (Mississippi blues guitarist/vocalist "Future Blues" "M&O Blues")

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Willie Lee Brown (August 6, 1900 – December 30, 1952) was an American blues guitar player and vocalist. He partnered with other notable blues musicians such as Son House and Charlie Patton, and had a great influence on Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters. Brown is considered one of the main pioneering musicians of the Delta blues genre.

Born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, he learned the guitar as a teenager. During his music career he was best known as a side player performing mostly with bluesmen Son House, Charlie Patton, and Robert Johnson. He had recorded four sides for Paramount Records in Grafton, Wisconsin in the 1930s, which were subsequently released on 78rpm discs. The second time he recorded was with Son House accompanying him in three 1941 Library of Congress recordings. Brown briefly joined House in 1952 in Rochester, New York, but soon returned to Tunica, Mississippi where he died the same year.

He was mostly known as an accompanist rather than a soloist, although he did record three high rated solo performances. His recorded songs were "M & O Blues," "Make Me a Pallet on the Floor," and "Future Blues". He disappeared from the music scene during the 1940s together with Son House, and died before the first blues revival started.

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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Son House and the Great Delta Blues Singers (1928-1930) Son House / Willie Brown / Kid Bailey / Garfield Akers / Joe Calicott / Jim Thompkins / Blind Joe Reynolds / Rube Lacy 1

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