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Friday, November 17, 2006

Ruth Brown Dies at Age 78

There had to be a third. Ruth Brown, the 1950's R&B singer, who's hit's included her gospel and blues tinged "Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean" and the song she co-wrote with Bobby Darrin -"This Little Girl's Gonna Rock" - died today at age 78 of complications from a stroke and a heart attack.

Bonnie Raitt made a statement about Ruth, saying,

"Ruth was one of the most important and beloved figures in modern music. You can hear her influence in everyone from Little Richard to Etta James, Aretha Franklin, Janis Joplin, and divas like Christina Aguilera today. She was my dear friend and I'll miss her terribly."

RIP Ruth! A great singer!

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