Ruth Brown was one of the first artists signed to Atlantic records in 1949. During the 50s she had hit after hit on the R&B charts. Atlantic records came to be known as 'The house that Ruth built'.
Many of these sides like '5-10-15 Hours' and 'Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean', stayed atop the R&B chart for weeks on end. During the mid 50s, Ruth's chart run slowed a little. Label mate Laverne Baker was fresh to the charts and was perceived as more R&R than R&B. That is of course where the huge sales were. Ruth managed a couple of top 30 pop hits in the US with 'Lucky Lips' and 'This Little Girl's Gone Rockin''. Neither are considered her best recordings by R&B fans, but what the hing-hang, I like them!
By the end of the 50s, both Ruth and Laverne were overlooked in favour of acts like The Drifters and Ray Charles, who were beginning to score huge pop hits. Ruth left Atlantic around 1960.
After Atlantic Ruth kept busy. She had success on Broadway and starred as Motor Mouth Maybelle, in the original film of 'Hairspray'. She also help to found an organisation that helps R&B stars get money out of their old record companies. So many of them had shabby illegal deals, and made lots of money for their record companies, without fair recompense. Ruth is a great star, and a great human being.