TIR 170: Ollie E. Brown Tells How He Kept the Beat for Music’s Elite

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Featured in TIR Episode 170 (3 parts): Ollie E. Brown, a prolific drummer, percussionist and producer who during the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s worked with dozens of top rock, pop, R&B and funk artists. Those collaborations include the Rolling Stones, Billy Preston, Minnie Riperton, the Temptations, Michael Henderson, the Jacksons, Ray Parker Jr., Quincy Jones, Rene & Angela and so many others.

Brown was also a member of the band Raydio and partnered with bandmate Jerry Knight as Ollie & Jerry for the 1984 soundtrack hit, “Breakin’ … There’s No Stopping Us.” Here he discussed growing up and playing music with childhood friend Ray Parker Jr., starting out with Stevie Wonder and how each incredible gig led to another until he appeared on hundreds of treasured recordings. And then he also became a highly successful basketball coach and realtor and, well you have to hear/see it for yourself!

RECORDED OCTOBER 2020

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