Maxine Brown

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born: August 18, 1939 in Kingstree, South Carolina

Maxine Brown - Oh No Not My Baby (Live 2001)

International vocal sensation Maxine Brown has woven a musical tapestry that is so elegant that it lavishly drapes our entertainment landscape. Her touching mega-hits speak volumes to the power of her recordings and the poignancy of her prolific songwriting. “Oh No Not My Baby,” the breathtaking ballad that reaches deep into the inner-soul, has had an impact that still reverberates today and has taken on increased momentum among the new devotees of the emotive songstress. “All In My Mind” is the evocative platinum recording that underscores a damsel’s longing for honest commitment in a relationship. These compositions, along with “Funny,” “Hold On I’m Coming,” and a plethora of timeless singles and albums characterize Maxine’s illustrious career and has set the stage for her 2005 US release titled, From The Heart.

Although Maxine Brown’s musical expression is largely a gift from above, her angelic singing quality was refined as a preteen in the Pentecostal Church of her birthplace, Kingstree, South Carolina, and as a young adult in gospel groups around New York City. While performing with the popular Charles Taylor Singers (1950’s), the precocious young artist gained a mountain of experience and richly honed her craft in preparation for what was to follow a sensational solo career!

It was in 1960 that an embraceable recording on the Nomar label changed her life forever. “All In My Mind” (written by Maxine) is the super-tune that rocketed to #2 on the R&B charts, received power-play rotation, put her enchanting star on the musical map, and commenced the charting of a hit-making course that would extend into the 2000’s. That enormous production was quickly followed up by a series of dominating hits that are consistently heard the world-over. Sporting massive appeal, Maxine was subsequently courted and recorded by a number of additional labels, such as Wand, ABC Paramount, Commonwealth United, Avco, and Mee Max.

With a number of albums and CD’s to her credit, Maxine’s creative range and versatility is also seen in her unique thespian presentations. She acted and starred in Vinnette Carroll’s Broadway play Don’t Bother Me I Can’t Cope and sang the hit song “It Takes a Whole Lot of Human Feelings” before packed houses. She also appeared in the musical revue Wild Women Don’t Have The Blues (she wrote), a tribute to the great women of the blues genre. Maxine even performed in a gospel musical, Balsam In Gilead. Her television credits include: American Bandstand, Mike Douglas Show, the Jerry Lewis Telethon, and countless others. Look for Maxine to showcase her acting prowess in future roles for television, stage, and screen.

Maxine Brown has not only been influenced by the great blues artists of the past, but she has collaborated with some of the finest talent of yesteryear and today, including the great Otis Redding, the inimitable Chuck Jackson, and the late Ed Townsend. Even crooner Luther Vandross was a studio-recording background singer for Maxine and was able to pick up style pointers from a proficient Ms. Brown. From Germany to Puerto Rico to the Bahamas, Maxine has performed on stages around the globe before hundreds of thousands of her excited fans, including a recent successful tour of Europe where she received rave reviews. Recently (July, 2005) she performed some of her classic and new compositions before 20,000 adoring fans at New York’s popular Riverhead Blues Festival.

Possessing one of the greatest voices of our era, Maxine Brown, like a floating nightingale is poised to introduce her latest creation to the public. From The Heart is a studio-recording masterpiece with thirteen delectable tracks featuring an iridescent lineup of tunes that are bound to satisfy everyone’s musical persuasion. From R&B, blues, jazz, Latin, and pop, this August’s 2005 release is eclectic in its arrangement and tantalizing in its production. This incredible work of art features ”Keep On Keeping On,” a hard-driving jam with a rock edge; “A Sinner’s Heart” is an undulating, gospel-rich ballad with traces of 60s soul; “I Want To Be Loved” has a modern Jazz feel with a smidgeon of young country and a lilting horn flow; track six, “Finding Love,” is a saucy platter with a lyric-rich, salacious topping; don’t forget to dim the lights for “Love Me By Name” because it oozes sensuality and soft passion; infused with a sultry Latin vibe, “You Are The Dream” just won’t let you sit still; but if you love the blues you’ll crave “A Woman’s Side Of The Bed” with its deep Delta blues flair; after you’ve listened to “Make A Joyful Sound” you might swear it’s Sunday morning mixed with funk flashbacks; and bonus track thirteen, “All In My Mind,” is the daring remake of the amorous groove that made Maxine Brown a household name. Each and every cut on From The Heart is well produced and supremely arranged with vocals to match. After listening to each musical pleasantry on this CD you will be left with a honey-sweetened after taste. Each carefully chosen lyric is designed to sooth your tender spot and satisfy your longing for powerful, sensible musical dialog. While musical tastes vary, this tonal rich musical smorgasbord is one of a kind and is a fitting addition to the rich discography that represents the princess of New York soul.

Whether her classic recordings “Something You Got,” “Ask Me,” “Since I Found You,” or selections from her newest creation, From The Heart, Maxine Brown’s works are impeccable in style and matchless in their content. In 1991the R&B Hall of Fame paid tribute to her artistry by ceremonially perpetuating her in their prestigious honor rolls as a lifelong inductee. Maxine Brown is indeed one of a kind and her legacy is one that will stand the test of time and flourish with every passing day. Her creative juices will continue to flow for as long as the sun rises, for as long as the pale moon glows, and for as long as there are songs emanating from the heart! Copyright Phil Brown (used with permission)

All in my mind [1961]
Funny [1961]
Ask me [1963]
Coming back to you [1964]
Can't let you out of my sight [1965]
I need you so [1965]
It's gonna be alright [1965]
Oh no not my baby [1965]
One step at a time [1965]
Something you got [1965]
If you gotta make a fool of somebody [1966]
Daddy's home [1967]
Hold on I'm coming [1967]

Essential Maxine Brown album: 25 All Time Greatest Hits

- The Fabulous Sound of Maxine Brown [Wand 656, 1962]
- Spotlight on Maxine Brown [Wand 663, 1964]
- We’ll Cry Together [United 6001, 1969]
- Oh No Not My Baby: The Best of Maxine Brown [Kent 949, 1990] compilation album
- Golden Classics [Collectables 5116, November 1991] compilation album
- Maxine Brown's Greatest Hits [Tomato 71740, 1995] compilation album
- Something You Got: The Best of Maxine Brown [Snapper, 1996] compilation album
- Spotlight on Maxine Brown / Greatest Hits [Kent 187, August 2000] compilation album
- 25 All Time Greatest Hits [Varese 066378, August 2002] compilation album
- From The Heart [True Life 10044, 2004] with Sam "Bluzman" Taylor
- Out Of Sight [Sony Japan 857, October 2005]
- The Best of Maxine Brown [Collectables 2926, 2008] compilation album
- Best Of The Wand Years [Kent 312, March 2009] compilation album

Chuck Jackson & Maxine Brown:
- Saying Something [Wand 669, 1965]
- Hold On, We're Coming [Scepter 678, 1967]
- Something You Got [Ichiban/Soul Classics 2117, 1996] compilation album
- Saying Something / Hold On, We're Coming [Kent 241, February 2005] reissue of their 1965/1967 albums on 1 CD

She appeara on the following albums:
Fine Young Cannibals - Fine Young Cannibals [London 16, December 1985]
Billie Holiday & Friends - Them There Eyes [Royal 83129, 1991]
Various Artists - The Magic of Burt Bacharach [Charly 8227, September 1996]
Chuck Jackson - The Very Best of Chuck Jackson 1961-1967 [Varese 5777, June 1997]
Various Artists - The In Crowd [Castle 49, January 2002] 2 CD set
Chuck Jackson - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Chuck Jackson [Hip-O 069212, May 2004]
Chuck Jackson - The Best Of Chuck Jackson [Collectables 2922, May 2008]

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