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African-American Women in Rock: Ruth Brown

This is a guide to various resources at the Library and Archives that may be valuable to teachers who need resources relating to African-American women in rock and roll for use in their classrooms.

Ruth Brown, 1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee

In the 1950s, Ruth Brown (vocals; born January 30, 1928, died November 17, 2006) was known as “Miss Rhythm,” a testament to her stature as a female rhythm & blues singer whose only serious competition was Dinah Washington. Brown’s two dozen hit records helped Atlantic Records secure its footing in the record industry, for which the young label was referred to as “the House That Ruth Built.”

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All of our audio resources on Ruth Brown can be located here.

Spotify Playlist


All of our books on Ruth Brown can be located here.



All our video on Ruth Brown is found here.

Archival Resources

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum | Library and Archives
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