Joe Brown

Joe Brown

In a career that has crossed 50 years (and which was still going strong in the opening decade of the twenty-first century), Joe Brown has cut a unique swathe across British rock & roll. Born Joseph Roger Brown in Swarby, Lincolnshire in 1941, he was raised in London. Brown proved a natural guitarist from an early age, and in 1956, at age 15, he formed the Spacemen, a skiffle group through which he started his career in entertainment. The band -- whose ranks included bassist Peter Oakman and his older brother Tony Oakman on banjo and guitar -- later switched to rock & roll, and was subsequently spotted by impresario Larry Parnes, who was in the process of signing up lots of young vocal talent in an effort to get in on the rock & roll boom. The Spacemen became Parnes' resident band, backing such figures as Vince Eager, Johnny Gentle, and Marty Wilde on the early Parnes package tours. The group also had the good fortune to be spotted by producer Jack Good, who was putting together the house band for his new television music showcase Boy Meets Girl. Brown was already a prodigious player, and he was hired as lead guitarist for the house orchestra at the age of 18 -- he was proficient in authentic American-style rock & roll, country, and country-blues, and stood out from most of the competition around him.

He was signed to Decca Records that same year -- his first two singles, "People Gotta Talk" and "Jellied Eels" issued in 1959 and 1960, respectively, failed to chart. But his third, "The Darktown Strutters Ball," reached number 34 on the U.K. charts in 1960. The group by this time was rechristened the Bruvvers, owing to the fact that they weren't using the Spacemen name anymore, and had no official name, but were, as Brown put it -- in his uniquely Cockney-styled way -- "like bruvvers." Brown left Decca for Pye Records in 1961, the latter company using his single "Crazy Mixed Up Kid" to launch its Piccadilly imprint. Only two of his next four singles even reached the Top 40, but Brown was making musical headway (and history) nonetheless. At just about that same time, he appeared as the lead guitarist on Billy Fury's landmark 10" long-player The Sound of Fury, his playing one of the highlights of what is generally regarded as one of the best albums to come out of the early English rock & roll boom. His work from that period and on that album has received high praise across the decades from musicians of succeeding generations, including Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.

Title Album Genre Tools
What A Crazy World We're Livin' In (Joe Brown & The Bruvvers) Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings Rock
Client:
Artist:
Joe Brown
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, and Electric Guitar
Keywords:
Bright, Campy, Feel-Good, Moody, and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
Best Friends, Film Trailer, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
British Invasion
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
115
CD/Track #:
Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings, #7
Release Year:
1961
Track ID:
40634
main mix 2:43 160k MP3
A Layabout's Lament (Joe Brown & The Bruvvers) Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings Blues, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Joe Brown
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Blues and Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, and Drums
Keywords:
Bright, Campy, Funny, and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
Film Trailer and Road Trip
Subgenres:
British Invasion
Tempo:
Fast
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
107
CD/Track #:
Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings, #10
Release Year:
1963
Track ID:
40635
main mix 2:25 160k MP3
I Sure Know A Lot About Love Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings Classical, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Joe Brown
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Classical and Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Brass, Drums, and Electric Guitar
Keywords:
Bright, Campy, Funny, and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
In Love, Sunny Day, and Wedding
Subgenres:
British Invasion
Tempo:
Fast
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
190
CD/Track #:
Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings, #15
Release Year:
1963
Track ID:
40636
main mix 2:59 160k MP3
Bruvvers (Joe Brown, Grazina Frame, & Michael Goodman) Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings Classical, Soundtrack
Client:
Artist:
Joe Brown
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Classical and Soundtrack
Instruments:
Bass, Brass, Drums, Piano, Strings, and Wind Instruments
Keywords:
Bright, Campy, Funny, and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
End Title/Credits and Film Trailer
Subgenres:
British Invasion
Tempo:
Fast
Vocal Types:
female and male
BPM:
123
CD/Track #:
Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings, #16
Release Year:
1963
Track ID:
40637
main mix 1:42 160k MP3
Oh, What A Family (Joe Brown & Marty Wilde) Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings Classical, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Joe Brown
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Classical and Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Brass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Strings, and Wind Instruments
Keywords:
Campy, Funny, and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
Car Chase, End Title/Credits, and Film Trailer
Subgenres:
British Invasion
Tempo:
Fast
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
107
CD/Track #:
Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings, #17
Release Year:
1963
Track ID:
40638
main mix 2:00 160k MP3
Alfred Hitchins (feat. Susan Maughan) Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings Classical, Soundtrack
Client:
Artist:
Joe Brown
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Classical and Soundtrack
Instruments:
Bass, Brass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Horns, Strings, and Wind Instruments
Keywords:
Bright, Campy, Moody, Quirky, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye and Heartbreak
Subgenres:
British Invasion
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
female
BPM:
120
CD/Track #:
Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings, #18
Release Year:
1963
Track ID:
40639
main mix 2:25 160k MP3
Sally Ann (Joe Brown & The Bruvvers) Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings Rock
Client:
Artist:
Joe Brown
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Electric Guitar
Keywords:
Bright, Moody, Percussive/Drums, and Romantic
Scene Descriptions:
Car Chase, Game Day, In Love, Make-Out, Road Trip, and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
British Invasion
Tempo:
Fast
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
230
CD/Track #:
Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings, #19
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
40640
main mix 1:54 160k MP3
Wasn't It A Handsome Punch Up (Joe Brown & Marty Wilde) Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings Rock
Client:
Artist:
Joe Brown
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Brass, Drums, Electric Guitar, and Strings
Keywords:
Campy, Percussive/Drums, and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
Film Trailer and Sunny Day
Subgenres:
British Invasion
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
duet and male
BPM:
128
CD/Track #:
Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings, #20
Release Year:
1963
Track ID:
40642
main mix 1:22 160k MP3
Please Give Me A Chance (feat. Susan Maughan) Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings Classical, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Joe Brown
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Classical and Rock
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Piano, and Strings
Keywords:
Romantic and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
In Love and Wedding
Subgenres:
British Invasion and Vocal
Tempo:
Medium Slow
Vocal Types:
female
BPM:
57
CD/Track #:
Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings, #21
Release Year:
1962
Track ID:
40643
main mix 3:55 160k MP3
Independence (Joe Brown, The Bruvvers, & Marty Wilde) Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings Folk, Rock
Client:
Artist:
Joe Brown
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Folk and Rock
Instruments:
Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Electric Guitar
Keywords:
Bright, Campy, Funny, and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
Sunny Day and Victory
Subgenres:
British Invasion
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
duet and male
BPM:
133
CD/Track #:
Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings, #22
Release Year:
1963
Track ID:
40644
main mix 2:14 160k MP3
I Feel The Same Way Too (Joe Brown & Susan Maughan) Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings Classical, Pop, Soundtrack
Client:
Artist:
Joe Brown
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Classical, Pop, and Soundtrack
Instruments:
Bass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Piano, Strings, and Wind Instruments
Keywords:
Campy, Funny, Quirky, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Goodbye
Subgenres:
British Invasion
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
duet, female, and male
BPM:
141
CD/Track #:
Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings, #23
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
40645
main mix 2:27 160k MP3
Just You Wait And See Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings Classical, Soundtrack
Client:
Artist:
Joe Brown
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Classical and Soundtrack
Instruments:
Bass, Brass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Percussion, and Wind Instruments
Keywords:
Bright, Campy, Feel-Good, and Sentimental
Scene Descriptions:
Film Trailer
Subgenres:
Vocal and Vocal Pop
Tempo:
Moderate
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
115
CD/Track #:
Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings, #24
Release Year:
2007
Track ID:
40646
main mix 2:49 160k MP3
Medley: Things We Never Had / What A Crazy World We're Living In (Reprise) [Harry H. Corbett] Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings Classical
Client:
Artist:
Joe Brown
Era:
1960s
Genres:
Classical
Instruments:
Bass, Brass, Drums, Electric Guitar, Strings, and Wind Instruments
Keywords:
Bright, Campy, Feel-Good, Funny, and Quirky
Scene Descriptions:
Sunny Day
Subgenres:
Musical Theater and Vocal
Tempo:
Medium Fast
Vocal Types:
male
BPM:
143
CD/Track #:
Crazy Mixed-Up Kid: The Complete Pye/Piccadilly Recordings, #25
Release Year:
1963
Track ID:
40647
main mix 2:28 160k MP3
Take Me Back