Individual Author Record
Name: Oscar Brown, Jr.Pen Name: None Genre: Poetry Born: 1926 in Chicago, Illinois Sites:
Illinois ConnectionOscar Brown was born and raised on the south side of Chicago.
Biographical and Professional InformationOscar Brown was a singer, songwriter, playwright, poet, civil rights activist, and actor. Brown's father had intended for him to follow in his footsteps and become a practicing lawyer. While he did help his father at his practice, he ventured off into other careers, such as advertising and serving in the army in the mid-1950s. When Mahalia Jackson recorded one of his songs, he began to focus on a career in music. Brown wrote at least 1,000 songs (only 125 have been published), twelve albums, and over a dozen musical plays.The book, What It Is — Poems and Opinions of Oscar Brown Jr., included lyrics to some of his better-known songs, as well as lyrics to songs Brown never got to record.
*''What It Is: poems and opinions of Oscar Brown '', AFDJ, 2009