Memphis vocalist Randy had a deep, frequently entrancing voice and captivating delivery, though he never enjoyed major success or consistent hits.He recorded for Parachute and Chocolate City in the late '70s and early '80s, often doing songs written by Homer Banks and Chuck Brooks, who also produced much of the material on 'Intimately' and 'Midnight Desire'. Randy's lone hit was "We Ought To Be Doin' It" in 1980, which made it to #16 on the R&B charts. He kept plugging, recording as recently as 1988 for Three-Way Records. The brother of William Brown, a member of The Mad Lads, Randy
is still active on the Gospel scene.
There are some great slow ballads on these albums. I'd Rather Hurt Myself, Too Little In Common, Crazy 'Bout You Baby, If If I Don't Love You & If I Had To Do It All Over are a few favourites but overall the quality is very high and all the more surprising in the fact that they were recorded in the middle of the 'Disco' rage. The mid tempo tracks are also very good and at no time does one find a dud track. Ten years earlier he would have had more success methinks!
He also cut some earlier 45s (post his first spell at Stax)most notably for IX Chains, and another Stax offshoot Truth. A wonderful singer.....His brother William Brown also cut a 45 called "Everybody likes it".
Although 'Midnight Desire' is shaded for me by 'Welcome to My Room' its a fine album . Randy made a decent Christmas themed 45 (if that is possible)on Sound Town around 1980. 'At Christmas Time' was recorded in
Memphis with the writers Homer Banks and Chuck Brooks also on production credits.The flip is the instrumental version of same song.
The late seventies and very early eighties were the years of the ultra-smooth swaying
dancers and very very laid-back bedroom stories. Both styles had a great ambassador in Randy Brown, an ultra soulful singer whose work is sadly very underrated. This man has some serious soul tunes on each and every one of his albums. So don't be misled by his dubious attire on the record sleeves, this is more than just a poor man's Barry White. "Welcome to my room" was completely written and produced by that famous duo Homer Banks and Carl Hampton. Songs with title like "Do it baby", "I wanna make love to
you" and "I'm always in the mood" turn out to be brilliant floaters and dancers with all the right moves. Check this guy out, if you like (for instance) Prince Phillip Mitchell, Marvin Gaye or David Oliver.
Hans & Harry