‘Women Who Rock’: Ruth Brown

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Known as “Miss Rhythm,” Ruth Brown was a celebrated R&B singer in the 1950s.

She signed with Atlantic Records in 1948 and gave the company its second-ever hit with “So Long.”

Brown’s church- and jazz-schooled voice landed her two-dozen hit records, which helped secure Atlantic’s mark in the record industry. The label was even referred to as “The House That Ruth Built.”

Artifacts from Ruth Brown’s life are featured in the “Get Outta That Kitchen, Rattle Those Pots and Pans: Rock and Roll Emerges” section in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power” exhibit.

Click HERE to read more about Ruth Brown and the other women being honored.

(Information provided by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.)

*Watch video below to see Ruth Brown perform “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean.”

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