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South Carolina Designates "Nappy Brown Day" February 15th

Posted: Feb 06, 2008

The State of South Carolina will honor Rhythm & Blues pioneer Nappy Brown with an official state proclamation declaring February 15, 2008 as "Nappy Brown Day" throughout the state. Nappy will visit Chapin High School in Chapin, SC to receive the proclamation and will speak to the students as part of Black History Month. Chapin is close to Pomaria, SC, a beautiful small town that Nappy called home for several months. Nappy was both thrilled and a bit taken aback by such an unexpected honor.

Brown is one of the great voices in American music. In the mid-50s, pre-dating soul music, he was a major R&B star, with a number of hit singles on the charts, including his signature tune, "Don't Be Angry" and "The Right Time," a song later associated with Ray Charles.

Brown's most recent recording, Long Time Coming, was released on Blind Pig Records last September. Critics have unanimously praised the CD as a triumphant return from a master which swings with the same soulful authority of his hits of a half-century ago. In the words of Living Blues magazine, "At age 77, Nappy Brown is singing better than ever. In fact, he's singing better than just about any other bluesman currently recording."

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