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The Snake

Oscar Brown Jr.

  • Label: Outta Sight
  • Origin: United Kingdom
  • Genres: Mod, Northern Soul, Soul, Soul Jazz, Vocal Jazz
  • Format: 7 inch
  • Catalogue number: RSV019

Availability: Out of stock


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.

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The Snake



The Snake b/w Work Song