A record label says blues singer Nappy Brown has died at age 78 in Charlotte.
Brown's label, Blind Pig Records, said the ailing musician died Saturday after a lengthy hospitalization.
Brown built his reputation in the mid-1950s as he competed on the airwaves with Ray Charles. Among his hits, he rolled his L's in the lyrics to “Don't Be Angry.” He also climbed the R&B charts with such songs as “It Don't Hurt No More” and “I Cried Like A Baby.”
Born Napoleon Brown Culp in 1929 in Charlotte, the musician grew up singing in a church choir with his father. He also sang in a gospel group with his cousins.
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Last year, Brown returned to his musical roots with an album titled “Long Time Coming.”