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Shirley Brown

Born January 6, 1947, in West Memphis, the Browns moved to St. Louis, MO, when Shirley was very young. Cutting her teeth in church, at the age of ten, she earned a reputation in gospel circles throughout the city for delivering powerful solos. In her late teens, she concentrated on secular music and sung with many of the city's soul singers. Her first recordings, produced by Oliver Sain, did nothing nationally but made some noise locally. "I Ain't Gonna Tell" and "Love Is Built On a Strong Foundation" found their way to Memphis R&B stations, giving Brown the impetus, with the help of manager Albert King, to tryout and secured a deal with Stax Records. Brown had the last hit for Stax before the label folded. On November 14, 1974, "Woman to Woman" topped the R&B chart for two weeks.

Luck and timing caused her finest moment in music to occur, writers James Banks, Eddie Marion, and Henderson Thigpen wanted newly signed Inez Foxx ("Mockingbird") to cut the trend-setting love triangle. But, Foxx turned it down, suggesting the long rap on the beginning made it more suitable for Issac Hayes. After "Woman," she released two more singles on Stax's Truth label: "It Ain't No Fun" and "It's Worth a Whippin'," but Stax was on its last leg, and the doors to the theater at 926 East McLemore closed forever in 1975. She signed with Arista Records in 1977, her first single "Blessed Is the Woman (With a Man Like Mine)" didn't light up the charts. Neither did two other Arista singles: "Givin' Up" and "I Can't Move No Mountains." A self titled Arista album suffered the same fate as the singles. Brown's next label, 20th Century, released "You Got to Like What I Do" in 1980 but it didn't sell and the label lost interest. The previous year Stax/Fantasy released an LP of unreleased cuts, The Real Feeling. A deal with Sound Town resulted in the LP Intimate Storm, and one single, "Leave the Bridges Standing," in 1984. Two years later, "Shootin' a Blank" on Chelsea Avenue bombed, as did a single on Black Diamond Records, "If This Is Goodbye."

At this point, Shirley couldn't buy a hit. She may have gotten discouraged, but she never quit. Despite waxing only one bona fide hit in her career, Shirley Brown still records for Malaco Records, a label she joined in 1989. She's had six albums released, including a compilation LP. She also does clubs in the South and it's a safe bet that "Woman to Woman" remains her most requested song. ~ Andrew Hamilton, Rovi
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such a remarkable woman
Telling the truth Shirley Brown
Every WOMAN SHOULD LIVE BY THIS SONG.... LISTEN LADIES
Luv ur MUSIC SHIRLEY. .... :)
You Ain't Woman Enough To Take My Man is the ...t! What she say, You don't have the skills! Love that jam!
My moma sho didn't raise no fool!
I ain't begging and borrowing
I am betting and buying. 3m 14y
This is a real woman said she's sticking by her man woo woo.
All the time!! <3
If you cant help me dont stand in my way
Tryin to see the peoblem???lo l
Nancy Shaw loving every minuted of Shirley Brown
True Spit!!!!!
lol i agee this is not Shirley man so to speak my hat is off to her
Come on Shirley!!! Killn em.
Love this song
They say open confession is good for the soul!
Love this song!
My mom love this song
Love the way she.talks before the song.
U have learn. 2 ride or die if. U. Have. Seatbelt Girl understand
Put him down Shirley
Woman. To woman Hell no
Sing it girl
I remember the house party days, and they used to play this slow dance jam......... . a h h h , the afro days.
I wonder what happened to this chocolate beauty...... . . . . i remember the house days & power to the people......
Loveeeeeee u Shirley, I can relate 2 that.
Talk about it Shirley


Sing. It girl.
Sprung on his love
Yep yall got it
Shirley puttn it fown.
..
Lol!!!! Is that my wife! Singing.
Old school ....
I'm a dude n I'm sayin this, this here is track for the grown women not u lil girls #BOOM
ispepell
I was only 4 or 5 when this record came out but I love it dearly as I heard my mom and grandma play it often growing up!
See? Now some guy would say to that woman, Honey, you don't own me, I am my own person, I belong to no one, unless I'm married to you. Yes. What can you do?
Woman to Woman. HOLY COW, SHE'S CALLING SOME CHICKIE WITH MY NAME. OH, HELL, NO, YOU WILL NEVER FIND ME IN THAT KIND OF SITUATION. PEACE, BABY. IT'S NOT ME. LOL!
it is,what is!!
LADIES!!!!! COME ON NOW..... WHAT YA KNOW ABOUT THAT????? I'M RIDDN!!!!!
To my husband hall. This song is for us. All i want is you to talk to me. Love yana
Now that's a woman n love she got it going on do not touch her man...
Amen, Sister!!! She's not going to take any more of his sh#t!!! You go, girl!!!
I Love listening to Shirley especially Talk To Me my favorite
I could listen to her music EVERYDAY!!!! keep tellin them what it is SHIRLEYY!!!! !
she talk about real life so there reason for any lady to be a fool for any one
asongs530
say it Shirley Say it
Shirley tell'em again girl let'em know what it is ♥
WOMAN TO WOMAN, BEEN REDONE, BUT THERE IS ONLY ONE ORIGINAL!
she's 1 of the greatest!
LOVE HER MUSIC SHE TELLING LIKE IT IS JUST PUT IT ON PAPERS MY FAVORITE
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