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Ruth Brown (January 12, 1928-November 17, 2006) was an American R&B singer. Born Ruth Alston Weston, Brown brought a popular music style to rhythm and blues in a series of hit songs for Atlantic Records in the 1950s.
Following a resurgence that began in the mid-1970s and peaked in the eighties, Brown used her influence to press for musicians’ rights regarding royalties and contracts. Her performances in the Broadway musical ‘Black and Blue’ earned Brown a Tony Award, and the original soundtrack won a Grammy Award.