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Maxine Brown

b. Maxine Ella Brown, 27th April 1932, Kingstree, South Carolina, US.A.

Maxine Brown is an R&B singer from South Carolina.

Born in Kingsgtree, Maxine began singing as a child.

When she reached her teens, Maxine performed with the New York based Gospel groups, the Manhattans and the Royaltones, in the late Fifties.

She also sang with a group called the Freys before, in 1960, she signed with the Nomar Records imprint.

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all in my mind b/w harry let's marry - 1960 / funny b/w now that you're gone - 1961

At Nomar, Maxine released ‘All in My Mind’ b/w ‘Harry Let's Marry’ (the A-side was penned by Maxine herself).

‘All in My Mind’ reached number two on the U.S. R&B charts (number 19 pop).

The single was followed in 1961 with ‘Funny’ b/w ‘Now That You're Gone’, which went on to reach number three on the charts.

She released a third Nomar 45, entitled ‘Heaven In Your Arms’ b/w ‘Maxine's Place’ (the flipside performed by Frankie & The Flips).

Maxine then switched imprints to ABC-Paramount in 1962, releasing a further three singles, entitled ‘Think Of Me’ b/w ‘I Don't Need You No More’ (in 1961), ‘After All We've Been Through Together’ b/w ‘My Life’ (in 1961) and ‘What I Don't Know (Won't Hurt Me)’ b/w ‘I Got A Funny Kind Of Feeling’ (in 1962).

She then switched labels again, this time to the Wham Records imprint in 1962.

Maxine’s stay at Wham was short-lived, and she returned to the ABC imprint for a further 5 single releases.

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the fabulous sound of maxine brown - 1963 / spotlight on maxine brown - 1965 / sayin' something - 1965 / hold on, we're coming - 1966

She then moved on to the New York-based, Wand Records, a Scepter Records subsidiary, in 1963.

Maxine stayed at Wand Records up until 1968.

Her releases at the label included the Carole King/Gerry Goffin song ‘Oh No Not My Baby’ b/w ‘You Upset My Soul’ (in 1964, featuring Dee Dee Warwick on background vocals), which reached number 24 on the pop charts.

A further Goffin/King composition was also released in 1965, entitled, ‘It's Gonna Be Alright’ b/w ‘You Do Something To Me’, which reached number 26.

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Maxine recorded duets with another Wand artist, Chuck Jackson.

These included, ‘Something You Got’ b/w ‘Baby Take Me’, in 1965, which reached number 10 on the R&B chart.

Many of the background vocals on Maxine’s singles were performed by Cissy Houston and the Sweet Inspirations, Dee Dee Warwick and Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson.

With an increasing focus on other artists at Wand, Ashord & Simpson approached Scepter Records hoping for a deal, and a further collaboration with Chuck and Maxine at the label.

Scepter turned them down, so they approached Berry Gordy at Motown Records who recruited them to his Motown Records imprint.

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out of sight - 1968 / we'll cry together - 1969

Maxine and Chuck were left at Wand, whilst songs intended for Maxine and Chuck, later became hits for other artists.

Ray Charles, took over ‘Let's Go Get Stoned’, whilst Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell achieved success with ‘Ain't No Mountain High Enough’.

In 1969, Maxine left Wand for the Commonwealth United imprint.

Maxine released two singles at Commonwealth, the first being ‘We'll Cry Together’ b/w ‘Darling Be Home Soon’, which reached number 10 in the Billboard R&B chart.

A follow up 45 was entitled ‘I Can't Get Along Without You’ b/w ‘Reason To Believe’ (in 1970).

Maxine moved on to the Avco Embassy Records imprint.

She released three singles at the label, namely ‘I Can't Get Along Without You’ b/w ‘Reason To Believe’ (in 1971), ‘Treat Me Like A Lady’ b/w ‘I. O. U.’ (in 1972), and ‘Picked Up, Packed And Put Away’ b/w ‘Bella Mia’ (in 1972).

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we can work it out b/w let me give you my lovin' - 1966 / we'll cry together b/w darling be home soon- 1969

One single of note is Maxine’s 1966, Wand Records, take on the Beatles ‘We Can Work It Out’, which was later released on an Ace Records CD release, which was a various artists tribute to the Beatles.

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The Fabulous Sound Of Maxine Brown (Wand Records 1963)

Spotlight On Maxine Brown (Wand Records 1965)

Sayin' Something (Wand Records 1965)

Hold On We're Comin' (Wand Records 1966)

Out Of Sight (Epic Records 1968)

Well Cry Together (Commonwealth Records 1969)

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