Joe Brown

Joe Brown and his Kool Kats recorded this in Detroit in 1949. One trick musicians used, to get air play, was to dedicate songs to disc jockeys. This track is a local Detroit recording dedicated to Leroy White, a black DJ there who had an R&B radio show on WJLB. The author is credited as Detroit's Joe Von Battle, owner of JVB Records on Hastings Street. Von Battle ran his record business in the back of his own record shop (his name was really Joe Battle, the Von was added by Battle). Band leader Paul "Hucklebuck" Williams had recorded a song for the same DJ in 1947, "Swinging For Leroy," and Wild Bill Moore recorded "Rocking With Leroy" in 1949. Fifteen years before Motown, the motor city was rocking. This and its flip side were the only recordings Joe Brown ever made, and nothing could be found out about him or his band.

        Leroy Sent Me, 1949 (last minute)

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