Arlean Brown

Arelean Brown was already 51 years old by the time she issued her first single, and it blew the doors off nearly any release by anyone in her tier of south side club denizens. Born in Tehula, Mississippi, to a large family with a fistful of talented musicians- particularly her half-brother Lee Shot Williams-Brown suffered career falters in Detroit before she arrived in Chicago in 1953 with her ten-year-old son. For nearly two decades, she drove a cab and ran a corner grocery store on the west side, appearing infrequently on stage before being asked to join Simmons' revue as a featured vocalist in the early 1970's. After a failed 45 on Bea & Baby, she took Scotty & the Rib Tips into the studio and cut what would be her most lasting legacy.

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