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Shirley Brown

Born January 6, 1947, in West Memphis, the Browns moved to St. Louis, MO, when Shirley was very young. Cutting her teeth in church, at the age of ten, she earned a reputation in gospel circles throughout the city for delivering powerful solos. In her late teens, she concentrated on secular music and sung with many of the city's soul singers. Her first recordings, produced by Oliver Sain, did nothing nationally but made some noise locally. "I Ain't Gonna Tell" and "Love Is Built On a Strong Foundation" found their way to Memphis R&B stations, giving Brown the impetus, with the help of manager Albert King, to tryout and secured a deal with Stax Records. Brown had the last hit for Stax before the label folded. On November 14, 1974, "Woman to Woman" topped the R&B chart for two weeks.

Luck and timing caused her finest moment in music to occur, writers James Banks, Eddie Marion, and Henderson Thigpen wanted newly signed Inez Foxx ("Mockingbird") to cut the trend-setting love triangle. But, Foxx turned it down, suggesting the long rap on the beginning made it more suitable for Issac Hayes. After "Woman," she released two more singles on Stax's Truth label: "It Ain't No Fun" and "It's Worth a Whippin'," but Stax was on its last leg, and the doors to the theater at 926 East McLemore closed forever in 1975. She signed with Arista Records in 1977, her first single "Blessed Is the Woman (With a Man Like Mine)" didn't light up the charts. Neither did two other Arista singles: "Givin' Up" and "I Can't Move No Mountains." A self titled Arista album suffered the same fate as the singles. Brown's next label, 20th Century, released "You Got to Like What I Do" in 1980 but it didn't sell and the label lost interest. The previous year Stax/Fantasy released an LP of unreleased cuts, The Real Feeling. A deal with Sound Town resulted in the LP Intimate Storm, and one single, "Leave the Bridges Standing," in 1984. Two years later, "Shootin' a Blank" on Chelsea Avenue bombed, as did a single on Black Diamond Records, "If This Is Goodbye."

At this point, Shirley couldn't buy a hit. She may have gotten discouraged, but she never quit. Despite waxing only one bona fide hit in her career, Shirley Brown still records for Malaco Records, a label she joined in 1989. She's had six albums released, including a compilation LP. She also does clubs in the South and it's a safe bet that "Woman to Woman" remains her most requested song. ~ Andrew Hamilton, Rovi
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My name Helen i beleave that i love u girl
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I love you girl.
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Heart melt when I hear this....... Yes my soul crushing out cause I'm sprung on his love. Keeps me wanting to replay this
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I don't want your leftover love
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All me 24/7
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Soul
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Yea get your own man.
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Sometime u got to let them no
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WOMAN TO WOMAN SAY'S IT ALL RIGHT MEN: RQ/rlh
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think you for old school musis
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After 30 years, he still here. See side chicks a man won't leave his wife, she will leave him or send him packing. But trust me you can't take him, YOU ain't woman enough!
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Yes in deed that's my man
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Yeah she loved that man,, ,,Woman To Woman,,,,
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I love betty Wright
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How do I delete?
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on point black p
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Woman To Woman that's my song
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YES I WISH KIDS COULD LEARN FROM OWN OLD SCHOOL PEOPLE I THANK IT WOULD BE A LITTLE BETTER PLACE TO BE ONLY IF THEY LISTSN TO US OLDER PEOPLE ITS SO SAID THAT WE ARE LOSING OUR PEOPLE AND FOR WHAT???? WE AS A HOLE HAVE TO GET IT BACK FOR OUR FUTURE IF NOT WE ARE .... WE CAN'T LET THE ONES THAT DIE FOR U DIE IN VANE COME ON MY PEOPLE WE CAN STOP IT!!!!!!!!!!
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Til this day her soulful sound still brings chills to my spine! Love this ladyn
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This song WOMAN TO WOMAN will play forever- just keeps happening!RQ / r l h
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The original main chick shout out lol
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arethabarlow
Love this song
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garciakristy l
I wouldn't fight over a man that was playin me..n i damn sure wouldnt support his a**! Lol
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She can Sing! God Bless her! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ! Shirley beautiful!
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sanfrantrish
Been through this s**t, it was a sad situation for a long time but until I found my self worth it's never been better.
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This is"real" music, you can understand the words & they "mea B4bnnnnnnnn, "something", I remember "slow drag" dancing to Shirley & dem!
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Wow now that was a READ
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I love this song she ain't woman enough
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She's a great Artist then now and forever Jo Anne Johnson-Webb
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She should have been a Star☆ Great Singer.
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Sing. It. Ms Shirley brown
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One of my all time favorite
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Sure. U. Right
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had to let it go myself
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NICE **** WHAT YOU KNOW
ABOUT THAT
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Sure. U. Right.
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...soulful
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I really enjoy your music...they really speak on relationship s . . . s o m e t i m e s that's how I feel...looki n g for the poo tang man..
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"Time" Smoove-Groov e - B l u e z z z
Choices Are Never To-Be Regrets
The True Equalizer Of Life
LOVE+S Disciple*978 * 1 * ~ 9 m 1 4 y ~
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I like that
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Days of yesteryear.o n l y memories.
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I love her
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That song still applys!
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I remember my mom...aunt and their friends playing this song....good times....80' baby....
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This song stirred up a lot of trouble in some relationship s at that time...I loved the whole back in forth thing...it was like a musical soap opera
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Love to hear her songs put on good show also
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Shirley's recordings for Malaco may not have sold well but are very strong if you take the time to listen. Try playing Take it Like a Woman. This sister can really blow.
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We love you Shirley.
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"Time", everything changes n time. I'll b better
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I am tell joy
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