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Rounder's Perfect 10 Series compiles recycled tracks taken from Ruth Brown's short stint with the label in 1997 and 1998. The ten tracks are taken from her two Grammy-nominated albums R+B = Ruth Brown and A Good Day for the Blues, highlighted by collaborations with Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Duke Robillard, and Bonnie Raitt. Since most fans will no doubt already own this material, it appears to be marketed to the novice.

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Born: January 12, 1928 in Portsmouth, VA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s

They called Atlantic Records "the house that Ruth built" during the 1950s, and they weren't referring to the Sultan of Swat. Ruth Brown's regal hitmaking reign from 1949 to the close of the '50s helped tremendously to establish the New York label's predominance in the R&B field. Later, the business all but forgot her -- she was forced to toil as domestic help for a time -- but she returned to the top, her status as a postwar R&B pioneer (and tireless advocate for the rights and royalties of her peers)...
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