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Don’t Be Angry Nappy Brown (Savoy, 1955)

Don’t Be Angry was a popular song of the 1950s written by Nappy Brown, Rose Marie McCoy and Fred Mendelsohn. Don’t Be Angry hit #2 on the R&B chart. It went to #25 on the Best Seller list. Another successful cover of Don’t Be Angry was in 1977 by Donna Fargo. It peaked at #3. In 1964 Stonewall Jackson released a country song with the same title; it was not a cover version.

In the early 1980s, R&B experienced renewed interest and some of Brown’s earlier recordings were re-released in Europe. Brown was able to re-ignite his career. Piddly Patter was featured on the soundtrack to Cry-Baby

starring Johnny Depp.

Brown’s final album Long Time Coming was released in September 2007. Brown died in his sleep on September 20, 2008 in a North Carolina hospital at age 78. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in August 2002.