Oscar Brown Jr.
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OSCAR BROWN JR was born in Chicago in 1926 and is credited with writing a staggering 1,000 songs in a career that also found him as a singer, playwright, poet, actor and civil rights activist. He wrote and recorded the original version of “The Snake” that would later become a Northern Soul anthem for Al Wilson.
In 1960 Brown released his ﬁrst LP, Sin & Soul. The landmark jazz album sees Brown pioneering the technique of fusing new lyrics with jazz and traditional standards. “Work Song” is a ﬁne example of this style and, signiﬁcantly, is one of the ﬁrst popular songs to openly reference the African-American experience.