Ace Records (3) – 561
Vinyl, 7″, 45 RPM, Single
By 1957 the fortunes had turned for Brown and the other pioneer R & B performers, and they eventually faded from the forefront of the music. Even so Brown is signed for the big travelling show called “The Biggest Show of 1957”. He also moves to Atlantic Records early in the year. Aladdin Records plans to release an LP of old Brown sides on its new Score label. In May Aladdin releases a side from Charles from off the shelf – “Please Believe Me” and “It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie” on #3366. Charles proves he can still draw a crowd as proven by a successful week at Chicago’s Crown Propeller in late June. Late in the year Hollywood Records releases single and LP versions of Brown’s classic “Merry Christmas Baby”. Brown appeared from time to time, such as moving to Atlantic Records new subsidiary label East-West in 1958 for “We’ve Got A Lot In Common” and his take on an old Guy Lombardo tune “When Did You Leave Heaven?” on #106. In the spring of 1959 Brown was signed by Ace Records in Mississippi, and records “I Want To Go Home” and “Educated Fool” with Amos Milburn on #561. Charles still perseveres and receives a welcomed and much deserved national charting in 1960 for his recording of “Please Come Home For Christmas” on the King label. Nothing else he did in the ensuing years made much of a ripple, but he was a presence in the early 70s with Johnny Otis’ R & B revival and the PBS documentary Reunion At The Barrel House, also with Otis. Years passed and then another PBS documentary, this time focusing on Charles Brown and Ruth Brown called “That Rhythm Those Blues” brought him back to the spotlight. With the help and support of Grammy winning performer Bonnie Raitt, Brown was back in the recording studio. The albums “One More For The Road” on Alligator and “All My Life” on Bullseye were critically acclaimed. The set called “So Goes Love” was well received in 1998 and Brown was finally getting his due. Just at the time in early 1999 as he awaited his induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Charles Brown passed away. As Bonnie Raitt tearfully recounted in accepting his induction award, Charles finally felt some acceptance from all of those who followed his path. He lived long enough to know that there were people caring enough to acknowledge his contributions to the music he helped invent. Charles Brown-a pioneer extroadinaire.