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date: 18 January 2020

Brown, Tony locked

  • David Sanjek

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(b Greensboro, NC, Dec 11, 1947). American country music record producer. Tony Brown has earned a deservedly strong reputation as a record producer in the country music industry and a significant number of the most esteemed country albums of the 1980s and 1990s emerged from his hands. He began playing piano as a member of his family’s gospel group and had one of first professional jobs as the keyboard accompanist for the Oak Ridge Boys. In 1975, he joined the Stamps Quartet, which proved to be an auspicious decision, as they were hired as Elvis’s backup vocalists shortly thereafter. They maintained this association until the singer’s death in 1977. Thereafter, Brown joined Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band, along with fellow sidemen Ricky Skaggs, Rodney Crowell, and Vince Gill, some of whom Brown would later produce. In 1978, Brown joined the A&R department of Free Flight Records, a division of RCA Victor located in Los Angeles. When the operation closed two years later, Brown chose to join RCA in Nashville, where he signed Alabama and Debra Allen to the label. A year later, he returned to back-up player as part of the widely used group, the Cherry Bombs. In ...

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