Sweet Georgia Brown, was born on March 22, 1947 in a small town in South Carolina. Having discovered her talent at the tender age of three, hers has been a lifetime of art — dance, song, and songwriting. At only thirteen years of age, she won the Amateur Night at the Apollo talent show. Sweet Georgia Brown was affectionately nicknamed ‘The last red hot mama’ as well as “the sexiest grandmother on Grove Street’. A documentary of her life was created and aptly titled “Last of The Red Hot Mamas”. Her allure was far more than her sexiness, crowd teasing and steamy performances. Throughout her career, she performed with other legendary blues & jazz artists such as Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson and Fathead Newman. She made several albums and received the distinct honor of being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame back in 2012.
Being in the presence of the legendary blues and jazz singer Sweet Georgia Brown was an unforgettable experience. She was an entertainer with a unique way of getting up close with her audience. It was not unheard of for fans to find themselves on stage with her. She just connected with her listeners. She could be soft-spoken, but all her performances were electric and energy-filled. We should know because she was a resident performer here at Arthur’s Tavern in New York City for years.
Sweet Georgia Brown passed away peacefully on September 30, 2022 at the age of 75, surrounded by her family. This celebration of her legacy will be led by her former band leader, Stew Cutler, who will be joined by fellow band mates and other musicians she mentored.