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Joe Brown

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Inside a career which has crossed 50 years (and that was still going strong within the starting decade from the twenty-first century), Joe Brown has cut a distinctive swathe across British rock and roll & roll. Given birth to Joseph Roger Dark brown in Swarby, Lincolnshire in 1941, he grew up in London. Dark brown proved an all natural guitarist from an early on age group, and in 1956, at age group 15, he created the Spacemen, a skiffle group by which he began his profession in entertainment. The music group — whose rates included bassist Peter Oakman and his old sibling Tony Oakman on banjo and acoustic guitar — later turned to rock and roll & move, and was eventually discovered by impresario Larry Parnes, who was simply along the way of registering lots of youthful vocal talent in order to get in for the rock and roll & roll increase. The Spacemen became Parnes’ resident music group, backing such statistics as Vince Willing, Johnny Soft, and Marty Wilde on the first Parnes package travels. The group also got the good lot of money to become spotted by manufacturer Jack Good, who was simply assembling the house music group for his brand-new television music display Boy Meets Young lady. Dark brown had been a prodigious participant, and he was employed as business lead guitarist for the home orchestra at age 18 — he was experienced in genuine American-style rock and roll & roll, nation, and country-blues, and stood out from a lot of the competition around him. He was agreed upon to Decca Information that same season — his initial two singles, “People Gotta Chat” and “Jellied Eels” released in 1959 and 1960, respectively, didn’t graph. But his third, “The Darktown Strutters Ball,” reached amount 34 for the U.K. graphs in 1960. The group by this time around was rechristened the Bruvvers, due to the fact they weren’t utilizing the Spacemen name any longer, and experienced no recognized name, but had been, as Dark brown place it — in his distinctively Cockney-styled method — “like bruvvers.” Dark brown remaining Decca for Pye Information in 1961, the second option organization using his solitary “Crazy CONFUSING Child” to release its Piccadilly imprint. Just two of his following four singles actually reached the very best 40, but Dark brown was producing musical headway (and background) nonetheless. Just about this same period, he appeared because the business lead guitarist on Billy Fury’s landmark 10″ long-player The Audio of Fury, his playing among the shows of what’s generally thought to be one of the better albums to emerge from the early British rock and roll & roll growth. His function from that period and on that recording offers received high compliment across the years from music artists of succeeding decades, including Keith Richards from the Moving Stones. Brown’s personal career didn’t completely remove until 1962, when he strike the quantity two i’m all over this the singles graphs with “AN IMAGE of You.” He was voted the “Best UK Vocal Character” of 1962 within the webpages of Fresh Musical Express, and toured that 12 months on a expenses that included the Beatles, who have been nearly to record their debut solitary, “Like Me Perform”; “AN IMAGE of You” was also an individual preferred of both George Harrison and Paul McCartney, afterwards even arriving for the “ALLOW IT Be” periods. Brown’s following two information, “It Just Took one minute” and “That’s What Like CAN DO” also produced the very best Ten in 1962 and 1963, but his following recordings were a lot more humble sellers, only producing the very best 30. Dark brown was still sufficiently prominent in 1963 to obtain a film debut past due that season, in Just what a Crazy Globe, which co-starred Marty Wilde. By that point, however, Brown’s hang on the hearing open public was fading when confronted with the Merseybeat increase and another wave of United kingdom rock and roll & move. He turned progressively to operate in films, pantomime, and theatre musicals, and obtained a huge hit in Charlie Lady on London’s Western End. Ironically, his periodic penchant for novelty music — including a documenting of “I’m Henry the 8th” — expected the technique of such effective middle-’60s pop/rock and roll functions as Herman’s Hermits, which would parlay their documenting from the second option song right into a large American strike; that same usage of novelty music in his repertory, nevertheless, also managed to get problematic for listeners of following generations, having heard about Brown’s reputation like a first-rate guitarist, to totally absorb a few of his recordings, specifically the first concert documents, that have been weighted greatly toward his Cockney/novelty repertory. Brown’s last graph success from the ’60s was a minimal Top 40 positioning for his rendition of “With just a little Help from My Close friends” in 1967. He afterwards worked on tv in children’s coding and game displays, however in 1972, Dark brown was back music with a fresh band, Brown’s House Brew, whose repertory embraced not merely rock and roll & roll but additionally nation and gospel music and presented his 1st wife, Vicki Dark brown, on vocals. Dark brown has remained energetic in music since, and crossed pathways on record along with his aged friend George Harrison many times over the ’70s and ’80s — Harrison was also greatest guy at Brown’s wedding ceremony to his second wife in 2000, and Dark brown was among the participants within the Concert for George following a ex-Beatles guitarist’s loss of life in past due 2001. He offers continued carrying out in the 21st hundred years, and can be seen regularly on British tv regarding the rock and roll & roll-related coding. Brown’s fiftieth season in music, in 2008, noticed him get a U.K. precious metal award for product sales over 100,000 copies of a fresh best-of collection, in addition to comprehensive a 37-time tour, along with a Royal Albert Hall concert with Tag Knopfler, Jools Holland, Dave Edmunds,, and Chas & Dave. Dark brown in addition has received Mojo magazine’s life time award for excellent contribution to music after 51 years’ documenting. And in ’09 2009, Dark brown was presented with an MBE (Person in the Order from the British isles Empire) by Queen Elizabeth.

Quick Facts


Full Name Joe Brown
Weight Lightweight
Profession Actor, Singer, Entertainer, Guitarist, Songwriter
Education University of California, Los Angeles, Susan Miller Dorsey High School
Nationality British
Spouse Manon Piercey, Vicki Brown
Awards NME Award for British Vocal Personality
Music Songs Sea of Heartbreak, I'll See You In My Dreams, Bruvvers, Tickle My Heart, Souvenir D'Alvito, Here Comes the Sun, Hava Nagila, A Picture Of You, That's the Way It Goes, Malt 'n Barley Blues, The Darktown Strutters' Ball, I Like Ukuleles, That's What Love Will Do, You Were Everywhere, Everybody's Famous, It Only Took A Minute, With a Little Help From My Friends, Crazy Mixed Up Kid, Your Tender Look, Black Betty, Mystery Train, Jellied Eels, I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, All Things Bright And Beautiful, Call Me the Breeze, Killin' the Blues, What a Crazy World We're Living In, Leave the Light On, There's No Pleasing You, Sally Ann, Henry VIII, Introduction
Albums Live in Liverpool, The Ukulele Album [Deluxe Edition], More of the Truth, The Ukulele Album, Here Comes Joe..., Ido-Est, Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings, Joe Brown: That's What Love Will Do, A Picture Of You, On Stage (Live), Brand New, Come on Joe, A Picture of You - The Early Hits, You Make a Monkey out of Me, A Picture of Joe Brown, A Show Business Lifetime, On a Day Like This, Introducing Joe Brown, Oh Boy!, The Joe Brown Story (The Piccadilly/Pye Anthology), The Very Best of Joe Brown (CD Album), Rock and Roll Singer, British Rock 'n Roll 1958-1963, Joe Brown - His Very Best, Joe - Hit After Hit, Happy Face, Hit Parade 1959-1962, Great Sixties - Let's Dance, The Pye/Piccadilly Anthology, Best Songs, Golden Oldies, The Very Best Of
Nominations NME Award for British Male Singer, NME Award for Best Instrumentalist, NME Award for World Musical Personality, NME Award for Artist for Poll Concert
Movies Some Like It Hot, Elmer, the Great, Alibi Ike, Earthworm Tractors, Show Boat, Riding on Air, Fireman, Save My Child, A Midsummer Night's Dream, You Said a Mouthful, 6 Day Bike Rider, Fit for a King, The Circus Clown, The Tenderfoot, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, When's Your Birthday?, Around the World in 80 Days, Local Boy Makes Good, Sit Tight, Sons o' Guns, The Comedy of Terrors, Going Wild, Sally, On with the Show!, Bright Lights, A Very Honorable Guy, Broadminded, Hold Everything, Top Speed, Polo Joe, Maybe It's Love, The Tender Years, Wide Open Faces, Song of the West, Pin Up Girl, The Lottery Bride, Son of a Sailor, The Stolen Jools, Hollywood Party, So You Won't Talk, Casanova in Burlesque, $1,000 a Touchdown, Chatterbox, The Gladiator, Flirting with Fate, The Circus Kid, Beware Spooks!, Shut My Big Mouth, Joan of Ozark, $1000 a Touchdown, The Silent Partner, Daring Young Man
TV Shows Judge Joe Brown


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#Fact
1 Totteridge, London, England [June 2009]
2 He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Music.
3 Used to play Butlins camps and East End of London pubs in a skiffle band called The Spacemen.
4 His wife Vicky Haseman was a former member of the Vernons Girls.
5 Father of singer Sam Brown and record producer Pete.
6 Singer / guitarist who sprang to fame initially on British TV pop shows, such as Wham!


Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Give us a Break 1983-1984 TV Series singer - 8 episodes
Cowboys 1980-1981 TV Series performer - 13 episodes

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mona Lisa 1986 Dudley
W. Somerset Maugham 1969 TV Series Fred Manson
Armchair Theatre 1969 TV Series Pete
Lionheart 1968 Pvt. Worms
Three Hats for Lisa 1966 Johnny Howjego
The Arthur Haynes Show 1964 TV Series
Contest Girl 1964 Rose of England Judge (uncredited)
What a Crazy World 1963 Alf Hitchens

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Jools Holland: London Calling 2012 Documentary performer: "Knocked 'em in the Old Kent Road", "I'm Henry the Eighth, I Am"
Ragdoll 1999 performer: "Wicked" / writer: "Wicked"
Doing Time 1979 performer: "FREE INSIDE"
Three Hats for Lisa 1966 performer: "This is a Special Day", "Something Tells Me I Shouldn't Do This" uncredited, "I'm the King of the Castle" uncredited, "Bermondsey" uncredited, "L O N D O N London Town" uncredited, "Three Hats for Lisa" uncredited, "Two Cockney Kids" uncredited, "That What Makes A Girl A Girl" uncredited, "Covent Garden" uncredited
What a Crazy World 1963 performer: "What A Crazy World We're Living In", "A Lay-About's Lament", "Bruvvers", "Wasn't It A Handsome Punch-Up", "I Feel The Same Way Too", "Just You Wait And See"
Just for Fun 1963 performer: "Let Her Go", "What's The Name Of The Game?"

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Code 8 2016 Short production assistant

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Play It Loud: The Story of Marshall 2014 TV Movie documentary Himself - Musician Since 1959
Celebrating Jon Lord 2014 Video Himself
50s Britannia 2013 TV Series documentary Himself - The Spacemen
Jools Holland: London Calling 2012 Documentary Himself
Forever Young: How Rock 'n' Roll Grew Up 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
This Morning 2008 TV Series Himself
Kings of Rock 'n' Roll 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
The One Show 2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
Breakfast 2008 TV Series Himself
Later... With Jools Holland 2008 TV Series Himself
Girls and Boys: Sex and British Pop 2005 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Timeshift 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 2004 TV Series Himself
S.O.U.L.--Sounds of Underground London 2003 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Concert for George 2003 Video documentary Himself
The Trouble with the Fifties 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself - Guest
Wogan 1990 TV Series Himself
Blankety Blank 1983-1990 TV Series Himself
Pebble Mill at One 1985 TV Series Himself - Singing
A Century of Stars: The Story of the Grand Order of Water Rats 1984 TV Movie documentary
Punchlines! 1981-1984 TV Series Himself
Bullseye 1984 TV Series Himself - Special Guest
On Safari 1982 TV Series Himself
Arena 1982 TV Series documentary Himself
Square One 1982 TV Series Himself - Presenter
Let's Rock 1981 TV Series Himself - Presenter
Summertime Special 1981 TV Series Himself
London Night Out 1980 TV Series Himself
Pro-Celebrity Snooker 1979 TV Series Himself - Player
Juke Box Jury 1964-1979 TV Series Himself - Panellist
Star Games 1978 TV Series Himself
Dennis Waterman: With a Little Help from My Friends 1978 TV Movie Himself
Celebrity Squares 1978 TV Series Himself
Let's Make a Musical 1977 TV Movie Himself
Star Turn 1976 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1970 TV Series documentary Himself
Junior Showtime 1970 TV Series Himself
Set 'em Up Joe 1969-1970 TV Series Himself - Host / Singer / Himself
Maggie's Place 1970 TV Series Himself
The Golden Shot 1968-1970 TV Series Himself
Frost on Sunday 1968 TV Series Himself
Glamour... 1968 TV Series Himself
Dee Time 1968 TV Series Himself
Joe & Co 1967 TV Series Himself-host
The London Palladium Show 1966 TV Series Himself
Crackerjack! 1965-1966 TV Series Himself - Guest
Five O'Clock Club 1963-1966 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest / Himself &The Bruvvers
Thank Your Lucky Stars 1961-1966 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest Host / Themselves
The Eamonn Andrews Show 1965 TV Series Himself
The Arthur Haynes Show 1965 TV Series Himself
Joe Brown at Clapham 1965 Documentary short Himself
Big Beat '64 1964 TV Movie Himself (as Joe Brown and The Bruvvers)
New Musical Express Poll Winners' Concert 1964 TV Movie documentary Himself
Whole Lotta Shakin 1964 TV Movie Himself (as Joe Brown and The Bruvvers)
Ready, Steady, Go! 1963-1964 TV Series Himself
Just for Fun 1963 Himself - The Bruvvers leader (as Joe Brown and The Bruvvers)
Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium 1962 TV Series Themselves
Dan Farson Meets ... 1962 TV Series Himself - Guest
Holiday Music 1962 TV Series Himself
All That Jazz 1962 TV Series Himself - Performer
Spike Milligan Meets Joe Brown 1961 Short Himself
Wham! 1960 TV Series Himself - Performer / Himself
Boy Meets Girls 1959 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Heroes of Comedy 2002 TV Series documentary
Never Mind the Buzzcocks 1997 TV Series Himself
Monkey Business 1993 Video documentary short PG Tips Chimp
Alma Cogan: The Girl with the Giggle in Her Voice 1991 TV Short documentary Himself

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