Joe Brown Biography
Joe Brown was born in 1941 13th May and is an English entertainer. He has worked as a rock and roll singer and guitarist for more than five decades. He was a stage and television performer in the late 1950s and a UK recording star in the early 1960s.He has made six films, presented specialist radio series for BBC Radio 2, appeared on the West End stage alongside Dame Anna Neagle and has written an autobiography. In recent years he has again concentrated on recording and performing music, playing two tours of around 100 shows every year and releasing an album almost every year.
Described by the Guinness Book of British Hit Singles & Albums, as a “chirpy Cockney”, Brown was one of the original artists managed by the early rock impresario and manager Larry Parnes. He is highly regarded in the music business as a “musician’s musician” who “commands respect and admiration from a wide spectrum of artists”
Joe Brown Music Career
Brown was born in Swarby, Lincolnshire. His family moved to London when he was two and ran the Sultan public house in Grange Road, Plaistow, then in Essex, now part of the London Borough of Newham.In 1956, Brown formed The Spacemen skifflegroup, which lasted until the skiffle movement faded towards the end of the 1950s. He worked for British Railways at their Plaistow Locomotive works for two years in the late 1950s, becoming a steam locomotive fireman. He left the job because “the smell of the diesels drove me out when they took over from steam”.
In 1958 Brown was spotted by television producer Jack Good who hired him as lead guitarist in the orchestra of his new TV series, Boy Meets Girls. During this period he backed a number of U.S musicians such as Gene Vincent and Eddie Cochran on their UK tours.
Brown was voted ‘Top UK Vocal Personality’ in the 1962 NME magazine poll.During the 1960s Brown appeared in a number of films, pantomime and stage musicals. In December 1963, the film What a Crazy World, based on a stage play, starring Brown and Marty Wilde among others, had its world premiere in London, while he also starred in the hit musical Charlie Girl in the West End between 1965 and 1968, and starred in the musical comedy film Three Hats for Lisa in 1965, alongside Una Stubbs, Sophie Hardy and Sid James .
In 1972, he formed another band, Brown’s Home Brew, which played rock and roll, country and gospel music and featured his wife, Vicki Brown, who died of cancer in 1991, and Pete Oakman from the Bruvvers. This eclectic collection of musical styles, together with his hits, became the basis of his live sets ever since.
In the 1980s, Brown presented a daytime quiz show on Granada TV called Square One; its success led him to recording a pilot for the prime time game show The Price Is Rightbut ATV selected Leslie Crowther for the full-time presenting role when the series launched.
He also hosted Show Me, an early evening game show produced by Anglia Television and aired on ITV for one series in 1987, and made a brief appearance as Dudley, a crooked club owner, in the 1986 film Mona Lisa, opposite Bob Hoskins.
George Harrison was best man at Brown’s second marriage in 2000; Brown had appeared on two songs on Harrison’s album Gone Troppo, and also featured on a track on Harrison’s last album, Brainwashed. Following Harrison’s death from lung cancer on 29 November 2001, Brown appeared with his group at the tribute concert Concert for Georgesinging “Here Comes the Sun”, “That’s The Way It Goes” and “I’ll See You in My Dreams”, accompanying himself on the ukulele for the latter.
Brown still performs and makes occasional television appearances. In 2005 he co-wrote a musical, Don’t You Rock Me Daddio, with songwriter Roger Cook,while in December 2006, he was one of three guest hosts of Sounds of the 60s on BBC Radio 2 during the absence of host Brian Matthew, having already presented two series on rock and roll for the same station.
His album More of the Truth was released in the UK on 13 October 2008, and in 2009 the US musical instrument manufacturer Kala launched a series of ‘Joe Brown’ ukuleles. At the Mojo magazine’s awards in London on 11 June 2009, Brown was presented with the lifetime award for outstanding contribution to music after 51 years’ recording. Mojo’s album, Harrison Covered (November 2011), to mark the tenth anniversary’s of George Harrison’s death, included Brown’s recording of the former’s “That’s the Way It Goes”.
Brown pulled out of the Village Pump Folk Festival for medical reasons. Due to headline the Friday night of the event taking place from 25 July 2014, he was replaced by Peatbog Faeries
Joe Brown Age
Joe Brown was born in 1941 13th May.
Joe Brown Wife
Joe Brown married Vicki Brown a singer who died on 16 June 1991 of cancer. Joe then married Manon Pearcey in 2000.
Joe Brown Children
Joe Brown has two children called Sam Brown and Pette Brown.
Joe Brown Tunics
To buy Joe Browns unique collection of women’s tops and tunics click the following link.
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Joe Brown Tour Date | Concerts
- Wednesday 28 March 2018
Wycombe Swan Theatre, High Wycombe, UK
- Saturday 24 March 2018
Embassy Theatre, Skegness, UK
- Sunday 11 March 2018
Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes, UK
- Thursday 08 March 2018
Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, UK
- Sunday 04 March 2018
Bournemouth Pavilion, Bournemouth, UK
- Thursday 01 March 2018
Cheltenham Town Hall, Cheltenham, UK
- Saturday 17 February 2018
Venue Cymru, Llandudno, UK
- Friday 16 February 2018
Buxton Opera House, Buxton, UK
- Sunday 11 February 2018
Kings Lynn Corn Exchange, Kings Lynn, UK
- Thursday 08 February 2018
Cadogan Hall, London, UK
- Saturday 03 February 2018
Grand Opera House, York, UK
- Friday 02 February 2018
Southport Theatre, Southport, UK
- Thursday 01 February 2018
Sage Gateshead, Gateshead, UK
- Tuesday 30 January 2018
The Victoria Theatre, Halifax, UK
- Sunday 28 January 2018
Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool, UK
- Friday 26 January 2018
Grand Theatre, Blackpool, UK
- Wednesday 24 January 2018
Regent Theatre, Stoke On Trent, UK
- Sunday 21 January 2018
The Orchard Theatre, Dartford, UK
- Saturday 20 January 2018
The Alban Arena, St. Albans, UK
Joe Brown Songs
- A Little Bit Of This
- All Worked Out
- As The Crow Flies
- Black Betty
- Blood Is Thicker Than Water
- Darlin Corrie
- Dimming Of The Day
- Gallows Pole
- Gods Gonna Cut Em Down
- Hittin The Hi Spots
- I Wonder In Who’s Arms
- I’ll See You In My Dreams
- Killing The Blues
- Lead Me On
- Malt And Barley Blues
- Lullabye In Ragtime
- One Trick Pony
- Please Don’t Talk About Me
- She Moves Through The Fair
- Sundown Station
- Three Bells
- Uncle Penn
- Well Well Well
- Well Alright
- World Is Waiting For The Sunrise