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Charles Brown

  • Blogs

    November 26, 2013

    We Listened to Eight Solid Hours of Holiday Music... Why?

    Most of the year Houston's Sunny 99.1 FM is a ratings powerhouse that plays pop music familar enough that it keeps you more awake than actively tuned in. Sunny calls itself "Houston's at-work station," but it's good for just about any activity short of having sex or attending a concert: driving, sho ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 25, 2012

    Christmas Past: 10 Christmas Songs That Are Really About Drugs

    While we celebrate the holidays, Rocks Off is resurrecting a few of our best Christmas-themed blogs from the past few years. (Wait... resurrecting is Easter. Never mind.) This blog originally appeared October 26, 2011. Halloween is right around the corner, so you know what that means: Time to start ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    5 New Holiday Albums For Your Halloween Horror

    Right now, as soon as you can either get to year nearest music retailer or click over to iTunes or Amazon, you can buy the first holiday-themed 2012 album we have heard of, Jason Gray's Christmas Stories: Repeat the Sounding Joy. If that sounds early to you, well, yeah, but we actually got the email ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    A Soulful Christmas In July

    I didn't think I would succumb to sharing with the world how freaking hot I think it is because every time I see one of you complaining about it on Facebook, I envision your head between a Foreman grill. That might be pregnancy hormones speaking, but seriously; it's July, we're in Houston, it's ou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2012

    Charles Brown, 47, Bayou Body Count No. 11

    Houston police say Debra Norton, 45, shot her common-law husband early in the morning of January 13. He was hospitalized but died January 27, and now Norton faces murder charges. Police say Norton shot Charles Brown, 47, in the head about 3:30 in the morning of January 13. The incident occurred in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Mannheim Steamroller's Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Let me just get this out of the way right off the bat: I don't care for Mannheim Steamroller. I think their music is odd and a little creepy. But, that doesn't mean 1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Ella Fitzgerald's Ella Wishes You a Swinging Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​There is an admission that I have to make having written all these Classic Christmas posts this year. When I think of Christmas, I don't think of carols or choirs or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Nat King Cole's The Christmas Song

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Originally titled The Magic of Christmas, when it was released in 1963, this collection of Christmas songs was basically cobbled together in support of what many -- m ... More >>

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    December 20, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Elvis' Christmas Album

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​In 1957 at the near peak of his early success, Elvis Presley did what many artists did: He made a Christmas record. The result was what would become one of the best s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    Classic Christmas: The Perry Como Christmas Album

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​When we think back now about the 1950's, we tend to idealize them as the birth of rock and roll, when kids were wearing leather jackets and rebelling against their pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Bing Crosby's White Christmas

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Bing Crobsy was the first crossover pop star. He made movies, music, appeared in both radio and television programs and did all of it successfully and, more important ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    Classic Christmas: Charles Brown & Friends' Merry Christmas Baby

    Over the holidays, we're looking back at some classic Christmas albums taking some track by track and just digging on others. ​Blues musician Charles Brown released and re-released Christmas songs numerous times throughout his career. The Texas City native got a lot of mileage out of Christma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2011

    10 Christmas Songs That Are Really About Drugs

    memecenter.comMerry fuckin' Christmas, mang.​Halloween is right around the corner, so you know what that means: Time to start making a list and checking it twice. Bourbon, gin, scotch, vodka, Xanax, painkillers... Walgreen's and CVS have already stocked their shelves with wrapping paper, plas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    What A Houston Blues "Walk Of Fame" Could Look Like

    Lightnin' Hopkins marker photo by Matthew Keever​It was a real pleasure for Rocks Off and Lonesome Onry and Mean to bring you this week's Houston Press cover story, "Old School," but it was also bittersweet. Not to put too fine a point on it, but none of these people are getting any younger - ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    Soul City: Boogie-Woogie Godfather Amos Milburn

    Black History Month is always a great time to recall some of Houston's greatest musical innovators and leaders. Rocks Off will highlight some of them during the remainder of February. ​Born in Third Ward on April 1, 1927, self-taught pianist Amos Milburn was one of the true godfathers of roc ... More >>

  • Music

    December 16, 2010
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    December 4, 2009

    Inquiring Minds: Talking Christmas Music With Aaron Neville

    ​Even for a stone-cold atheist (which Rocks Off is not), listening to Aaron Neville sing "O Holy Night" has to be one of the true pleasures of the Western world. The best-known voice of New Orleans' No. 1 soul-funk family dynasty thanks to songs like "Tell It Like It Is" and Linda Ronstadt duet "D ... More >>

  • Film

    September 24, 2009

    Tone Poem

    More harmonious than tumultuous, Bright Star is an ode to John Keats's great love affair.

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    A Musical Guide to Post-Secession Texas: Houston and "Brazoria"

    The final installment of our Five States of Texas project brings it all back home, to the new state of Brazoria, encompassing all of Southeast Texas from the Brazos Valley to Sabine Pass. ​Patron Saint: Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown. A master of rock and roll, country, Cajun/Creole, blues and jazz, n ... More >>

  • Music

    December 18, 2008
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    October 23, 2008

    Trails to Terror

    2008 Halloween Guide

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    October 16, 2008
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    September 26, 2007

    The Houston 100: From Charles Brown to Sippie Wallace

    The Houston 100 continues. Follow the links for numbers 81-90 and 91-100. 80. “Please Come Home for Christmas,” Charles Brown, 1960. A minor hit for Texas City’s Brown, the song has endured for decades to become the second of his Yuletide staples. Think you’re miserable at Christmas? ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2007

    The Houston 100: From Sir Douglas Quintet to Guy Clark

    The Houston 100 continues. Follow the links for numbers 61-70, 71-80, 81-90 and 91-100. 60. “The Rains Came,” Sir Douglas Quintet, 1965. The follow-up single to “She’s About a Mover,” this Huey Meaux mainstay of a lament would likewise rank higher were the sound not so indelibly San ... More >>

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    September 26, 2007
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    December 21, 2006

    O Christmas Song, O Christmas Song

    Slampo's Place has finally gotten into the swing of the season with a discussion of the greatest Christmas songs ever, so it's time we did over here at HouStoned too. Slampo stole some of our thunder, as we agree that Charles Brown's "Please Come Home for Christmas," Robert Earl Keen's "Merry Christ ... More >>

  • Music

    December 18, 2003

    I'm Not Dreaming of a White Christmas

    No snow and no Bing for Racket

  • Music

    October 9, 2003

    Holly Golightly

    Friday, October 10

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    April 10, 2003
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    January 9, 2003

    Grady Gaines and the Texas Upsetters / Calvin Owens

    Jump Start (Gulf Coast Records) / The House Is Burnin' (Sawdust Alley)

  • Music

    December 5, 2002

    Kenny G.'s Revenge

    Smooth-jazz fans blast Racket

  • Music

    July 26, 2001

    Don Wilkerson

    The Complete Blue Note Sessions (Blue Note)

  • News

    May 10, 2001

    Mixing It Up

    She just wanted her comfortable suburban life. But when a concrete company intruded on her paradise, the homemaker turned warrior.

  • Music

    November 23, 2000

    On the Off-Road Again

    Country legend Ray Price continues to take the path less traveled

  • Music

    May 4, 2000

    Legacy of Gristle

    Though Clarence Hollimon has passed, he lives on in his work

  • Music

    October 21, 1999

    Love Supreme

    Husband-and-wife R&B team are back in H-town

  • Music

    August 12, 1999

    Houston Highwayman

    Local Jimmy "T-99" Nelson sets the blues straight

  • News

    August 13, 1998

    Of Life and Death

    While Erica Sheppard sits on death row, penniless and convicted of a gruesome Houston murder, her cadre of elite Dallas lawyers is trying to prove that the justice system has gone fatally awry

  • Music

    October 16, 1997

    Charles in Charge

    A new collection confirms Ray Charles's position as the architect of soul

  • Music

    August 7, 1997

    Get It While You Can

    Jerry Ragavoy and the ghost of Janis Joplin

  • Music

    October 17, 1996
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    May 30, 1996
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    December 29, 1994

    Post-Christmas Clearance

    John Frusciante and Hildegard von Bingen never went to Festus, Missouri

  • Music

    December 15, 1994
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    December 23, 1993

    End Game

    This is the way the year ends, this is the way the year ends, this is the way the year ends, not with a bang but a ... year-end roundup

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