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5.0 out of 5 stars The Queen of 50s R&B, 18 Oct 2009
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David R. Bishop "Bishbaby" (Plymouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars daveyboy, 1 Sep 2010
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This is unbelievable what a voice,i am ordering more of this artist,got to buy you wont be dissapointed,i thought ruby turner had the most perfect voice,ruth brown can match her,excellent recordings must buy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ruth Brown Platinum Colection, 22 Jan 2011
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Ruth Brown was one of the exceptional talents on the Atlantic label and although she never had chart success in the UK her recordings are outstanding. R&B was her main music, but this crossed over to Rock'n'Roll. Black R&B music was just Rock'n'Roll under a different name and Atlantic like its Rival Chess had the cream of the crop of which Ruth Brown was one. If this is your type of music, this album at its budget price is great value for money
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the first R & B stars, 28 Sep 2011
In the 40s Ruth Brown would have been a blues singer a la Dinah Washington but the 50s was her time and like most she suffered from white covers but was never as bitter and twisted about it as Laverne Baker who followed her.
Admittedly I prefer the white covers-Helen O'Connel was one of at least 4 who covered Teardrops from my eyes.The first time I heard 5 10 15 Hours was via Pat Boone.
In the 60s Lucky Lips was revived by Cliff Richard but the Ruth Brown original never meant anything in the U K as did all her other stuff
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