Cool blues news (on the eve of the 18th annual Lowcountry Blues Bash): the State of South Carolina recently declared “Nappy Brown Day” in honor of will honor of blues/R&B pioneer Napoleon “Nappy” Brown, 77. The official state proclamation declares February 15, 2008 as “Nappy Brown Day” throughout the state. Brown will visit Chapin High School (in his home town, near Columbia) to receive the proclamation and speak to the students as part of Black History Month.

Born in Charlotte and raised in the S.C. midlands, Brown came up singing blues and gospel. In the 1950s, he began working with the Savoy label, scoring several hits on the Billboard R&B charts. He wrote and recorded a hit titled “Night Time Is The Right Time,” best remembered as a hit for Ray Charles. Brown continues to tour and perform at festivals and blues events around the world. He released recent recordings on the acclaimed label Blind Pig Records — his latest is titled Long Time Coming.

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