“The House that Ruth Built.” That's what Atlantic Records, as a fledgling R&B label in the Fifties, was often called. Ruth Brown was one of the first artists signed by Atlantic founders Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson. In the course of 10 years, Ruth Brown made the Billboard R&B charts with 24 of the more than 80 sides she recorded for Atlantic.
Crooner Frankie Laine christened her “Miss Rhythm” in 1951, and that reflected her position as the preeminent R&B singer of the decade.
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