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Buster Brown

voc, g, *1911 US
Singer of Blues and R&B/Soul

b. August 15, 1911 d. January 31, 1976: American blues and R&B singer best known for his hit, "Fannie Mae". Brown was born in Cordele, Georgia. In the 1930s and 1940s he played harmonica at local clubs and made some non-commercial recordings, such as "War Song" and "I'm Gonna Make You Happy" (1943), recorded for the Library of Congress' Folk Music Archive. Brown moved to New York in 1956, where he was discovered by Fire Records (2) owner Bobby Robinson. In 1959 Brown recorded the rustic blues, "Fannie Mae", which went to # 38 in the U.S. Top 40, and to #1 on the R&B chart in April 1960. In later years he recorded for Checker Records and for numerous small record labels. One of his song, "Doctor Brown" was covered by Fleetwood Mac (Mr. Wonderful). His song "Fannie Mae" enjoyed further attention in 1973 when it was included in the film American Graffiti and the best selling soundtrack 41 Original Hits From The Sound Track Of American Graffiti. The songwriting credits for his songs, "Fannie Mae" or "Doctor Brown", may vary from one edition to another, with the credits sometime going to Waymon Glasco. It is claimed Waymon Glasco was his manager who bought his publishing rights after his death while other sources claim that was Buster Brown's real name.

  • Vocals
  • Guitar
  • Blues
  • R&B/Soul
  • Rock
Plays With
Popular Tracks   
Fannie Mae on The Best of Buster Brown by Buster Brown
Fannie Mae - Remastered on St. Louis Blues by Buster Brown
Sugar Babe on The Best of Buster Brown by Buster Brown
Roll Over Beethoven on Sunbury - Highlights of 1973 and 1974 by Various Artists
Aware of Love on Unearthed Gold of Rocksteady Vol. 2 by Various Artists
Buster Brown on Sunbury - Highlights of 1973 and 1974 by Various Artists
The Madison Shuffle on The Best of Buster Brown by Buster Brown
Lost in a Dream on The Best of Buster Brown by Buster Brown
Is You Is or Is You Ain't on The Best of Buster Brown by Buster Brown
Don't Dog Your Woman on The Best of Buster Brown by Buster Brown

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
I'm Going But I'll Be Back 1959-1962Buster Brown Plus Special Guest Star B. Brown And His Rockin' McVouts2015Album
The Very Best Of Buster Brown (22 Original Classics)Buster Brown1999Compil.
Good NewsBuster Brown1989Album
Toughest Terry & Baddest BrownSonny Terry / Buster Brown1985Album
B. Brown / Buster BrownB. Brown / Buster Brown1972Single
Big Legs - Big Stockings / I Love You For Sentimental ReasonsBuster Brown1969Single
Crawling King SnakeBuster Brown1965Single
I Need Your Lovin' / Fannie MaeDon Gardner and Dee Dee Ford / Buster Brown1964Single
Is You Is Or Is You Ain't / You Got What It TakesBuster Brown / Bobby Parker1964Single
My Blue HeavenBuster Brown1963Single
Slow Drag Part 1 & 2Buster Brown1962Single
Trying To Learn How To Love You / Broadway On FireBuster Brown1962Single
Sugar Babe / I'm Going-But I'll Be BackBuster Brown1962Single
Raise A Ruckus Tonight / Gonna Love My BabyBuster Brown1962Single
Blues When It RainsBuster Brown1961Single
New King Of The BluesBuster Brown1961Album
The Madison Shuffle / John Henry (The Steel Driving Man)Buster Brown1960Single
Doctor Brown / SincerelyBuster Brown1960Single
Don't Dog Your WomanBuster Brown1960Single
Fannie MaeBuster Brown1959Single
Fannie Mae / Is You Or Is You Ain'tBuster BrownSingle
Fannie Mae / I Just Got LuckyBuster Brown / Sonny Til And The OriolesSingle
The New King Of The Blues - Golden ClassicsBuster BrownAlbum
Raise A Ruckus TonightBuster BrownCompil.
Lost In A Dream / MadisonBuster BrownSingle
Fannie Mae / Wiggle WobbleBuster Brown / Les CooperSingle
Rainbow / Fannie MaeGene Chandler, Buster BrownSingle
Don't Dog Your Woman / Doctor BrownBuster BrownSingle
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