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T.Tony Brown

Tony Brown (December 11, 1946 - )

Biography

Tony Brown was born in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1946. His family relocated to Walkertown, North Carolina when he was still very young.

He was the original pianist for the Dixie Melody Boys when that group formed in 1962. He remained with them until 1964. He joined JD Sumner And The Stamps Quartet in 1965 where Sumner gave him the nickname "Tarzan." Brown released a solo piano LP in 1969 title "Tarzan" Tony Brown Plays Piano followed by a comedy LP with Sumner in 1970 titled JD Sumner And Tarzan N'Em Humor In Concert.

After leaving the Stamps in 1972, Brown played piano briefly for the Oak Ridge Boys. He joined Voice in 1973, a group that was part of Elvis Presley's entourage. In 1976, Brown was part of Elvis Presley's "Jungle Room" recording sessions at Graceland. After Presley's death, he toured with Emmylou Harris as part of her "Hot Band" from 1977 to 1978.

After his stint with Harris, Brown left the road and began working behind the scenes, first for RCA in 1978 and then for MCA starting in 1984. Over the next decade, he became one of the most successful record producers in Nashville. Brown is noted for signing acts like Alabama, Vince Gill, Lyle Lovett, Marty Stuart, Steve Earle and Trisha Yearwood.

In the early 1990s, Brown became the president of MCA Records Nashville.

Discography

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1969 "Tarzan" Tony Brown Plays Piano (Sumar Records/SLP4305): The Master's Voice; O, When I Meet You; The Things That Matter; In The Garden; A Thing Called Love; Keep Me; Happy Day; The Fact; Just A Closer Walk With Thee; If You Find The Lord

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1970 JD Sumner And Tarzan N'Em Humor In Concert (BMC Records/SLP-4319): Stumps Quartet; Gospel Astronuts (J D Sumner, Tony Brown).
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