Monday, 4 April 2011

Shirley Brown - Woman To Woman (1974)

Shirley Brown was discovered by Albert King singing at a club in Brooklyn, Illinois at the age of 14, and she spent the next 9 years on the road performing with him. She cut her first record in 1972, and was signed by Stax in 1974. "Woman To Woman," Brown's debut album, was released on the Stax subsidiary, Truth, that same year. The album - a collection of intimate, emotional songs focusing on the goods and not-so-goods of love and relationships - was a strong seller. The title track - a love-triangle melodrama - outdid the album, and spent 2 weeks at #1 on the Billboard R&B chart, eventually selling a million copies and earning a gold disc. The follow-up single, "It Ain't No Fun," didn't sell well, possibly due to Stax's financial difficulties and inability to market the song adequately. Stax closed it's doors in 1975, and Brown moved on to Arista.

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