Eddie "Bongo" Brown

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Eddie "Bongo" Brown

Eddie "Bongo" Brown (September 13, 1932 – December 28, 1984) was an American musician.

He was born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States, and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. Brown played congas, bongos, the gourd and claves for Motown Records' in-house Funk Brothers band. One of his musical influences was Chano Pozo.

Among Brown's best-known performances on Motown recordings include "(I Know) I'm Losing You" by The Temptations, "I Second That Emotion" by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, "What's Going On" by Marvin Gaye, and "If I Were Your Woman" by Gladys Knight & the Pips.

He died in Los Angeles, California in 1984, aged 52.

Kids: Larry Cole, Larnetta Porter, Damita Brown-Haynie, Curtis Brown, Edward Brown III

Married: Geraldine Brown


As sideman[edit]

With Gloria Jones

With Carly Simon

With Brass Fever

With Thelma Houston

  • Ready to Roll (Motown Records, 1978)
  • Ready to the Rainbow (Motown Records, 1979)

With Marvin Gaye

With Billy Preston and Syreeta Wright

With Gloria Gaynor

With Deniece Williams

With Ben E. King

With Candi Staton

  • Young Hearts Run Free (Warner Bros. Records, 1976)
  • House of Love (Warner Bros. Records, 1978)

With Chuck Jackson

  • I Wanna Give You Some Love (EMI, 1980)

With Wilson Pickett

  • Don't Knock My Love (Atlantic Records, 1971)

With Martha Reeves

  • Gotta Keep Moving (Fantasy Records, 1980)

With Bob Seger

With Helen Reddy

With Stevie Wonder

With Thelma Houston and Jerry Butler

With B.B. King

With Kenny Rogers

With Peabo Bryson and Natalie Cole

With John Handy

With Syreeta Wright

  • One to One (Motown Records, 1977)
  • The Spell (Tamla Records, 1983)

With Ray Parker Jr.

With Randy Crawford


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