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Ruth Brown was the most successful singer on the Atlantic label in its formative years. Indeed, it was said at the time that Atlantic was the house that Ruth built. By the early sixties, Atlantic had become a huge corporation and Ruth was largely ignored; it was a sad way to end her career there. Ruth never again came close to emulating her fifties successes but this collection, focusing exclusively on that period, shows what Ruth sounded like at her brilliant best.
During the fifties, Ruth had many hits on the various Billboard R+B charts (jockey, jukebox and best sellers), although her music was conspicuously absent from the main pop charts for most of the time. Ruth made those pop charts with just three of her R+B hits. One of them, Lucky lips, became a huge British hit for Cliff Richard. Of Ruth's own hits included here, Lucky lips is likely to be the song that is most familiar to the majority of people around the world outside America, even if only because of Cliff's cover. (Hey, don't knock it, because it's one of the routes via which people discover Ruth's own music.) Despite its relative success in the American pop charts, Lucky lips peaked at six in the R+B charts, lower than several hits that didn't make the pop charts. Ruth had many top five R+B hits including five (Teardrops from my eyes, 5 10 15 hours, Mama he treats your daughter mean, Oh what a dream, Mambo baby) that went all the way to number one, as well as three (I'll wait for you, Daddy Daddy, Wild wild young men) that peaked at three and a further three (So long, As long as I'm moving, It's love baby) that peaked at four. One of the other R+B top ten hits (Love has joined us together) is a duet with Clyde McPhatter. All of those songs and plenty of others are included here. Read more ›
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