Maxine Brown (b. August 18, 1939) is a highly acclaimed R&B/soul singer and songwriter with powerful crystal clear soprano vocals and a great deal of crossover appeal who became famous during the 1960s. Her best known songs include the self-penned soulful doo-wop-styled ballads, "All In My Mind" (1960) and "Funny" (1961), and her hit rendition of the Gerry Goffin/Carole King-penned pop standard, "Oh No Not My Baby" (1964).
Born in Kingstree, South Carolina and raised in the New York City area, she began singing as a child and by her teens, was performing with two local gospel groups known as The Angelairs and The Royaltones. She landed her first recording contact in 1960 with Nomar before moving to ABC-Paramount in 1962 and Wand in 1963.
Maxine Brown debuted in late 1960 with "All In My Mind," which reached #2 on the R&B charts the following year, made the Pop/Rock Top 20, and became her greatest hit. This smash was followed by its B-side, "Funny" (1961), which made the R&B Top 5 and Pop/Rock Top 40. Brown had one more Top 40 hit on the Pop/Rock charts with "Oh No Not My Baby" (1964), which also made the R&B Top 40. Her long string of hits, which continued on both charts through 1970, also include "Ask Me" (1963), "It's Gonna Be Alright" (1965), "One Step At A Time" (1965), "If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody" (1965), and "We'll Cry Together" (1969), plus several duets with Chuck Jackson that include "Something You Got" (1965), "Hold On I'm Coming" (1967), and "Daddy's Home" (1967). Brown's final charting song came in 1970 with "I Can't Get Along Without You."
Maxine Brown was inducted into the Northern Soul Hall of Fame in 2014.
- Maxine Brown discusses career highlights in an interview with James Power (April 9, 2011).
- Soul-source.co.uk pays tribute to Northern Soul Hall of Fame inductee Maxine Brown.
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- All In My Mind 1960
- Funny 1961
(This soulful pop song, which was written by Maxine Brown and S.W. Taylor, is different from the same titled song by Willie Nelson (a.k.a. "Funny How Time Slips Away").)
- Oh No Not My Baby 1964
(This song later also became a hit for Rod Stewart (1973) and Merry Clayton (1973).)
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