Blues singer Nappy Brown dies at age 78

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.

Last year, Brown returned to his musical roots with an album titled “Long Time Coming.”