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Oscar Brown, Jr.

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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EntertainmentMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Poet
Entertainer
Music Composer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/10/1926
Birth Location:
Chicago, Illinois

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
EntertainmentMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Poet
Entertainer
Music Composer

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Brown
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall
Favorite Vacation Spot:
None
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
10/10/1926
Birth Location:
Chicago
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Biography

Born October 10, 1926, in Chicago, Oscar Brown, Jr. defied narrow definition. Throughout his forty-year career, he was part jazz singer, part poet, part entertainer and part songwriter. As an aspiring young playwright in 1960, Brown made an unprecedented two-hour appearance on NBC soon after writing "Kicks & Company". Though the play never made it to Broadway, Brown had arrived. He began sharing the stage with such greats as Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane, Nancy Wilson and Julius "Cannonball" Adderley. His London-based, two-hour, one-man show, "Oscar Brown, Jr. Entertains," led him to be hailed as a musical genius. He also made headlines with a project that worked effectively with local gang members, done in conjunction with his performance partner and wife, Jean Pace. Among their many discoveries were the Jackson Five. A composer of several hundred songs and more than a dozen full-length feature pieces, Brown lived in Chicago with his family.

He passed away on May 29, 2005 at age 78.

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  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Oscar Brown, Jr. narrates his photographs, pt. 1
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Oscar Brown, Jr. narrates his photographs, pt. 2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Oscar Brown Jr.'s favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Oscar Brown Jr. describes his parents' backgrounds
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Oscar Brown Jr. remembers his sister
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Oscar Brown Jr. shares memories from his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Oscar Brown Jr. describes his childhood personality
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Oscar Brown Jr. remembers his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Oscar Brown Jr. recalls his childhood environs in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Oscar Brown Jr. details his interests as a youth
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Oscar Brown Jr. lists the schools he attended
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Oscar Brown Jr. details his early radio career
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Oscar Brown Jr. discusses his early activism
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Oscar Brown Jr. recalls his early endeavors in the arts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Oscar Brown Jr. details his experiences during the 1950s
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Oscar Brown Jr. recalls his dismissal from the Communist Party
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Oscar Brown Jr. recalls writing his play 'Kicks and Company'
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Oscar Brown Jr. recounts the production of his play 'Kicks and Company'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Oscar Brown Jr. discusses his career pursuits after 'Kicks and Company'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Oscar Brown Jr. recalls his Chicago performances
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Oscar Brown Jr. discusses race and power in Chicago, Illinois
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Oscar Brown Jr. describes his study of black bodies in motion
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Oscar Brown Jr. shares his personal philosophy on modern society
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Oscar Brown Jr. expresses his hopes for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Oscar Brown Jr. reflects on his life's work
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Oscar Brown Jr. recalls his time in various cities
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Oscar Brown Jr. discusses his relationship with entertainer Jean Pace, part 1
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Oscar Brown Jr. discusses race, citizenship and taxation in the U.S.
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Oscar Brown Jr. discusses his relationship with entertainer Jean Pace, part 2
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Oscar Brown Jr. discusses the role of hats in his personal style
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Oscar Brown Jr. considers his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Oscar Brown Jr. sings 'Brown Baby'