Nappy Brown RIP

Posted on: Monday, Sep 22, 2008

Born Napolean Culp in Charlotte NC in 1926, Nappy Brown went on to forge a stellar body of work in not only Gospel but in blues and R&B. Recording for Savoy Records he created the definitive R&B sound of the 1950’s.

Nappy continued to sing and record during the ups and downs of a long career.

More details to follow as obituaries are published.

Nappy Brown 1926 – 1998



September 22nd, 2008 at 10:09
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This from the Bob Corritore Newsletter…

RIP Nappy Brown 10/12/1929-9/20/2008: The legendary blues shouter Nappy Brown left us Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 10:30 pm. He was 78. In addition to being blessed with one of the greatest voices the blues has ever known, Nappy was a true character, and his action-packed stage performances were simply amazing. He had experienced a comeback of late after the release of his brilliant 2007 CD Long Time Coming, produced by longtime Nappy friend and advocate Scott Cable for the Blind Pig record label. He was born Napoleon Brown Culp on Oct 12, 1929 in Charlotte, North Carolina, and started his music career singing gospel before switching to Rhythm & Blues in the early 1950s. He landed a contract with Savoy Records in 1954 which yielded numerous hits, including “Don’t Be Angry”, “I Cried Like A Baby”, and “Night Time Is The Right Time” (which Ray Charles would cover shortly afterwards). His music career had a resurgence in the 1980s with albums on Alligator, Ichiban, and Black Top. He also made guest appearances on albums by Bob Margolin and Bob Corritore, as well as appearing on the Rhythm Room Blues anthology released on HighTone (Nappy’s photo appeared on the cover of that CD). His powerhouse performance last May at the 2008 Blues Music Awards ceremony was the highlight of that event. Shortly after that, Nappy was hospitalized; and never was able to get his health back. Information regarding his services (forthcoming on Saturday, September 27, 2008) will be posted as it comes in.


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September 22nd, 2008 at 15:30
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Watched Nappy, aged 77, from the side of the stage last year at the Lillehammer Blues Festival, backed by a superb trio of Bob Margolin, Mookie Brill & Willie ‘Big Eyes’ Smith. He didn’t look too well as he started his set hunched up on a stool. We needn’t have worried, 5 mins later he was goin’ crazy ‘Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’-style, rollin’ around all over the stage while belting out those great jump-blues numbers. A showman to the end. RIP brother.
Checkout the pics I took of him in the ‘Lillehammer’ photo album on our myspace page