Portsmouth born Ruth Weston Brown was truly a legend in her own time. She was recently awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Grammys ( proudly accepted by her son Earl Swanson) and it was a long time coming And so well deserved!
Several years ago, I had the pleasure of working as a research assistant on a yet-to-be completed project on Miss Brown’s illustrious life. The highlight of that heady experience was sitting backstage with Miss B.holding her hand as she prepared to make her final appearance onstage at the renowed Attucks Theatre in Norfolk, Va. (Writing that sentence just gave me pause).
And the memory of being with this Grand Lady of Rock ‘n Roll, Blues, Atlantic Records, “Hairspray” fame was truly a highlight of my writing career}.
I will revisit a Post I wrote together with 2 of her devotees Bill Griggs and Bill Easley. Stay tuned! And Thanks for Reading.