Long before Aretha, Otis, The Spinners and countless others there was Ruth Brown.
Way back in the early 50s when Atlantic records was still just a fledgling RnB label alongside many others, Ruth Brown almost single handedly carried the label to its unique position it had a few years later. For almost a decade her records kept the company afloat and gave it the ability to expand. Sadly, when RnB turned to Soul in the 1960s she was to a large extent forgotten about.
This track is proof, if anything, that she could still deliver the goods though. A personal favourite from 1968 and the Solid State label which was a subsidary of Uniter Artists. Ruth Brown eventually got back into the music business, as a recordning artist but perhaps more importantly as a key figure in fighting for royalties for RnB and Soul acts. Enjoy!
"A Stone Groovy Thing"