On Saturday night at 10:30 pm Nappy Brown died peacefully in his sleep. During his heyday, in the mid to late 50s, Nappy was a prolific recording artist for Savoy Records. He traveled and performed with Jackie Wilson, Ray Charles, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Little Richard, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Eddie Cleanhead Vinson, and T-Bone Walker. He provided ground-breaking hit songs for other artists, one of his biggest being NIGHT TIME IS THE RIGHT TIME made famous by Ray Charles in 1958. He was active as a performer until the end, performing until his illness was too much.
The fabulous Earl Palmer passed away yesterday. Palmer played with anybody and everybody in Blues and R&B, from Little Richard to Lightnin' Hopkins. A "legendary sideman", much like bassist James jamerson with Motown, Palmer helped define American music. www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-palmer21-2008sep21,0,78
Here's a pic of Earl at a Deke Dickerson session.