Shades Of Brown

William Brown partnered next with Bobby Miller, best known for piloting a clutch of hits for the Dells and Chess Records. The crossover-aimed Chess subsidiary Cadet Records finally brought Shades of Brown to music store shelves worldwide, first in 1970 with a 10-track, eponymously-named LP, and then with a procession of nicely received singles, several of which made it to WHPK airwaves during Brown’s August 2008 episode of Sitting in the Park. The same Shades of Brown lineup detailed on the back of the Cadet L —lead singer William Brown and his bass-singing brother Arthur, plus tenor Charles Scott and baritone Earl Roberts—would write and record “How Could You Love Him” for Calvin Carter’s On Top Records in 1971. The Shades of Brown’s take on “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”—which joined renditions by the Hollies, the Osmonds, and Neil Diamond, not to mention Cadet’s own Ramsey Lewis—was the disc’s assumed A-side, though it failed to get significant spins locally or elsewhere.

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