In Brown’s first audition, in 1949, she sang “So Long,” which ended up becoming a hit. This was followed by “Teardrops from My Eyes” in 1950. Written by Rudy Toombs, it was the first upbeat major hit for Brown. It was Billboard’s R&B number one for 11 weeks. The hit earned her the nickname “Miss Rhythm” and within a few months Brown became the acknowledged queen of R&B.
Ruth Brown Rock & Roll is an album featuring tracks recorded between 1949 and 1956.