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Talking with Maxine Brown - interview

By mike, 03/08/14
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My interview with Soul Music legend Maxine Brown recorded April 9, 2011.

In Part 1, Maxine discusses her early years, coming to New York from Kingstree, South Carolina, her violent father, her beginnings in Gospel, Professor Charles Taylor, playing the Apollo, switching to secular Soul music, writing & recording 'All In My Mind' which went to #2 on the R&B charts.


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check other 4 parts out via the links above (under the video window)

In Part 2, Maxine discusses working as a medical stenographer when 'All In My Mind' hit the top 10, working with Sam Taylor, Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions, her follow-up hit 'Funny', teaching Sam Cooke to do The Twist, signing with Scepter/Wand Records, Florence Greenberg, filling in for Tammi Terrell & singing with Marvin Gaye, Motown, British appreciation, Carole King, 'Oh No, Not My Baby', Aretha Franklin, Dionne Warwick, Bacharach & David's 'I'll Cry Alone', and Big Maybelle.

In Part 3, Maxine discusses Racism, Civil Rights era, Working with Otis Redding, Ashford & Simpson, Cissy Houston & The Sweet Inspirations, Central Park Music Festival with Lou Rawls in 1967, leaving Scepter/Wand, British Invasion, Producer/Arranger Mike Terry, Norman Whitfield, Changes in the music world, "We'll Cry Together", and Van McCoy.

In Part 4, Maxine discusses meeting Jimi Hendrix, songs released in the UK only (I Want A Guarantee, It's Torture), working with Van McCoy, Luther Vandross, Avco Records, 'Picked Up, Packed, and Put Away', Broadway musical 'Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope (in New York City)', Learning acting and dancing, Ruth Brown, Ben E King, releasing first album in 35 years 'From the Heart', working with Beverly Crosby & Ella Garrett (AKA The Wild Women), Maxine sings in Spanish (Do That To Me One More Time, Yesterday I Heard the Rain), the name 'Ella Brown', receiving the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation.

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