It seems like all the great R & B singers are leaving us all of a sudden. The latest is Ruth Brown who died at 78 in Las Vegas this week. She had a stroke last month.
Atlantic records producer and friend Jerry Wexler said she had a hard life. She had to drop out of music for a while and work as a maid. "She’d be cleaning people’s houses and then hear her records on the air. Little Richard once told me he got his squeal from Ruth Brown," said Wexler.
One of my favorite pieces of video is of her singing a duet with BB King in concert. At one point as they’re sitting on stools, singing, teasing and flirting with each other, Ruth touches his leg. He says something like, "Don’t do that, I can’t take it no more." It was a "moment."
I’ll miss Ruth Brown. But, I’ve got that video.