RUTH BROWN 

THE QUEEN OF R&B

ACTIVE FROM  1949   2006 

INFLUENCED:

Noted for bringing a pop music style to R&B music in a series of hit songs for Atlantic Records in the 1950s, the label became known as "the house that Ruth built". Following a resurgence that began in the mid-1970s and peaked in the 1980s, Brown used her influence to press for musicians' rights regarding royalties and contracts; these efforts led to the founding of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Her performances in the Broadway musical Black and Blue earned Brown a Tony Award, and the original cast recording won a Grammy Award. Brown was a recipient of the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. In 2017, Brown was inducted into National Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame.