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Nappy Brown Obituary

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nappy Brown, a gospel-influenced blues singer of such hits such as "It Don't Hurt No More" and "I Cried Like A Baby," has died. He was 78.

Brown's label, Blind Pig Records, said the ailing musician died Saturday in Charlotte after a lengthy hospitalization.

Brown built his reputation in the mid-1950s. Among his hits, he rolled his L's in the lyrics to "Don't Be Angry." He also climbed the R&B charts with "It Don't Hurt No More" and "I Cried Like A Baby."

Born Napoleon Brown Culp in 1929 in Charlotte, the musician grew up singing in a church choir with his father. He also sang in a gospel group with his cousins en route to fame. Last year, Brown returned to his musical roots with an album titled "Long Time Coming."

Copyright © 2008 The Associated Press
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