Trouble in paradise

By PHILLIPE & JORGE  |  November 21, 2006

While she was one of the key artists in the transition of rhythm and blues to rock ‘n’ roll, probably her greatest triumph was in how she endured. After a number of years in which Ruth worked as a maid and in other menial jobs, she was rediscovered and went on to act on television, in films (very memorably as “Motormouth Maybelle” in John Waters’s Hairspray), and on stage. Ruth Brown just kept on keepin’ on.

She was also a major figure in the battle to get the early R&B and rock ‘n’ roll pioneers remunerated for the royalties they were screwed out of in the ’50s and early ’60s. Her voice was an amazing amalgam of powerful gospel belting and girlish squeaks, kind of like a rudimentary Ella Fitzgerald. Ruth Brown was one of the greats, and she will be missed.  

Email the authors
Phillipe & Jorge: p&j@phx.com

< prev  1  |  2  |  3  | 
Related: The biggest fun in Little Rhody, Rhody loves Chachi, Friartown, redux, More more >
  Topics: Phillipe And Jorge , Barack Obama, Entertainment, Music,  More more >
| More


Most Popular
ARTICLES BY PHILLIPE & JORGE
Share this entry with Delicious
  •   ONWARD, CHRISTIAN GOVERNOR!  |  September 02, 2009
    It's nice to see Governor Don "Laughing Boy" Carcieri loosening up by sharing the real Donnie Boy with the people of Vo Dilun. Initially (certainly in his first campaign for governor in 2002) Don tried to come across as a moderate conservative, not unlike his immediate predecessor, Linc Almond.
  •   UNITED WE STAND  |  August 26, 2009
    With the local AFL-CIO elections coming up, Phillipe and Jorge would like to make a rare union endorsement by saying that nothing would please us more than to have George Nee, current secretary-treasurer of the organization, win his bid to take over departing Frank Montanaro's position as the organization's president.  
  •   RISD'S HOPE-LESS SITUATION  |  August 12, 2009
    On August 3 it was announced by the Rhode Island School of Design that Hope Alswang had resigned as the director of the RISD Museum. Those who have followed the coverage of this story may be somewhat confused by the revelation that absolutely everyone acknowledged that Alswang was a superlative museum director and that absolutely no one involved in the arts scene at RISD or in the state of Vo Dilun thinks that she voluntarily "resigned." It was said that she loved the job, and the vague announcement that Alswang left to "pursue other opportunities" sounds as suspicious as elected officials dropping out of election campaigns to "spend more time with their families."
  •   GUBERNATORIAL AGONISTES  |  August 05, 2009
    On Tuesday, WRNI political reporter and former Phoenix news editor and master of the Casa Diablo elbow bend, Ian Donnis, broke the news that veteran political communications specialist, Bill Fischer, head ramrod at True North Communications, had signed on as spokesman for the State Treasurer Frank Caprio's gubernatorial campaign committee.
  •   THE IQUITAROD  |  July 08, 2009
    Phillipe and Jorge wish they could claim to have coined that headline about professional loony Sarah Palin's resignation as governor of Alaska prior to her first term being completed, but full points go to Geoffrey Dunn of The Huffington Post .

 See all articles by: PHILLIPE & JORGE