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Willie Brown was born in 1899 in Shelby, Mississippi. He was an outstanding guitarist as well as vocalist who had an enormous influence on the origination and development of Delta blues. Brown performed regularly with blues legends Charley Patton, with whom he worked at Dockery's Plantation, Son House and Robert Johnson, and also backed Patton and House on recordings. He is known as an accompanist rather than a soloist, although he did record three extraordinary solo performances, "M & O Blues," "Make Me a Pallet on the Floor," and "Future Blues". Later in his career he primarily performed with Son House. Both Brown and House disappeared from the music scene during the 1940s, and, sadly, Brown died in Tunica, Mississippi, 1952 before the blues revival of the 1960's, when many of his contemporaries were rediscovered.