Buster Brown (August 15, 1911 - January 31, 1976) was a veteran blues/R&B singer, songwriter, and harmonica player who became famous during the early 1960s. He is best known for the upbeat yet imploring "Fannie Mae" (1960), a blues classic that showcases both his powerful vocals and his chops on the harmonica.
Born in Cordele, Georgia, he began in the 1930s playing the harmonica at local clubs. In 1943, he performed at the folk festival at Fort Valley State Teachers College where a number of his songs were captured on a rare Library of Congress Folk Music Archive recording. Brown later relocated to New York City in 1956 where he was discovered by Fire Records owner, Bobby Robinson, who signed him to his label.
Buster Brown debuted in 1960 with the self-penned "Fannie Mae," which topped the R&B charts and made the Pop/Rock Top 40. His other hits, which continued through early 1962 on both charts, include "John Henry (The Steel Driving Man)" (1960), his rendition of Louis Jordan's "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby" (1960), and "Sugar Babe" (1962), the latter of which made the R&B Top 20.
"Fannie Mae" was featured in the soundtrack to the 1973 movie, "American Graffiti." With J.T. Brown, Buster Brown also co-wrote "Doctor Brown" which was covered by Fleetwood Mac on their album, "Mr. Wonderful" (1968).
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