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A Guide to the Tedd Browne Music Collection, 1967-9968
Born in South Carolina in 1929, Tedd Browne acquired a strong interest in music at an early age, singing and playing guitar by the age of 13. Browne’s musical interests were diverse, and the artist performed everything from folk music to calypso to spirituals, among other genres. However, he is primarily known as an historical folk musician, and concentrated much of his songwriting on chronicling interesting people and places. He toured with comedian Dick Gregory, appeared on the Tonight Show and recorded with noted bassist Bill Lee, who is Spike Lee’s father.
Browne lived in many different parts of the country, including New York, Nebraska, Georgia and California before settling in Ohio. He married and had three children before he was murdered near his home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio in 1968, at the age of 39, in what may have been a racially motivated attack. In his lifetime, Browne released at least six albums, but after his untimely death, the songwriter seemed to have faded into obscurity. Mark Mazzacua, a fellow folk artist who performs as Mark Mason, and fan who had grown up with Browne’s music, rediscovered him in the early 2000s, and attained the rights to two of Browne’s albums, Lake George and LBJ Music Portrait, which he remastered and released on CD in 2008.
“Tedd Browne’s 'Lake George' lives again," The Daily Gazette, accessed July 26, 2016. http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2008/jan/20/0120_teddbrowne/?print
The Tedd Browne Music Collection, 1967-1968 consists of five reel-to-reel recordings, the bulk of which presumably feature various unreleased performances by Tedd Browne, representing his interests in Texas and its history. The sound recording boxes are informally marked by hand, offering various amounts of information. Based on the labeling, two reels appear to be duplicate recordings ostensibly regarding Texas history, and are informally titled, “Texas Album.” Two other reels are possibly connected to UT. One may have been recorded in former University of Texas at Austin’s Dean of the College of Art and Sciences, John Silber’s backyard, and another reel potentially features a live performance at UT’s Academic Center. The final reel-to-reel is possibly a dub of a recording from an untitled television appearance, which may not be connected to Texas.
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Tedd Browne Music Collection, 1967-1968, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Amanda Reyes, July 2016.