Ruth Brown
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"Ruth Brown" was an American singer-songwriter and actress also known as "Honorific nicknames in popular music/Queen of R&B" noted for bringing a popular music/pop music style to rhythm and blues/R&B music in a series of hit songs for Atlantic Records in the 1950s, such as So Long (Russ Morgan Song)/"So Long", "Teardrops from My Eyes" and "(Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean". For these contributions, Atlantic became known as "The house that Ruth built" (alluding to the popular nickname for Old Yankee Stadium).

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, which led to the founding of the Rhythm and Blues Foundation. Her performances in the Broadway musical Black and Blue (musical)/Black and Blue earned Brown a Tony Award, and the original cast recording won a Grammy Award.

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