The Friday Brown Archive

The sixties was a tumultuous period, both in terms of social upheaval and creativity, not least in the world of music, where many from the great and once-industrial northern cities of Liverpool and Manchester brought about a revolution. Amongst their number was Friday Brown, an accomplished singer-songwriter and musician, who came up from her humble roots in the outskirts of Manchester to become a household name in the north of England. Friday recorded seven singles, '32nd Love Affair' later being associated with 'Northern Soul', as well as an LP entitled 'Friday Brown'. She appeared at numerous venues across Britain and Europe, and starred in many radio and television shows, including 'The Two Ronnies'. Her original work, much of which was written along with her sister Barbara, was often emotive and narrative in form, frequently revolving around 'blues' and 'black music', as well as earlier and contemporary styles. Although her later career was directed towards a 'cabaret' style, this doesn’t distract from her body of work.

This archive includes all of the earlier surviving work of Friday Brown. It exists purely as a historical record without any judgement being made regarding artistic or technical quality.

The Friday Brown Compilation
The Friday Brown Album
The Grundig Tapes
The Grundig Tapes Volume 2
The Grundig Tapes Volume 3
The Lost Acetates
The Lost Friday Brown Album
The Last Lost Tapes
After Friday
The Tape Archive
The Cassette Archive
Friday Brown Videos
Friday's Pictures
Friday Wiki
Friday Brown on Wikipedia
Manchester Beat - Friday Brown



BBC Radio Merseyside Jingles, 1968

BBC Radio Manchester Launch Jingle, 1970

The above recordings are provided for personal listening only and no copyright claims are made regarding them: all intellectual, lyrical, musical, performing and mechanical rights remain vested in those who created the original works. The public performance, broadcasting, copying, downloading, uploading, sale, hiring, lending or redistribution of this material by any means is strictly prohibited. Any rights owners who wish their material to be removed from this site should contact the email address shown below.

Ray White was born in Shoreham, West Sussex, England in 1952. He graduated in electrical and electronic engineering at Portsmouth Polytechnic in 1973, having gained experience at Radon Industrial Electronics, Worthing, Sussex (small-scale production of domestic audio equipment), the Admiralty Surface Weapons Establishment (MoD), Cosham, Hants (a wide range of activities, including fitting a prototype electronics card into a buoy from a rubber boat floating off the Isle of Mull) and George Kingsbury Ltd., Gosport, Hants (drawing office, oily machines and logic).

He joined the British Broadcasting Corporation as a maintenance engineer in 1973. Six years later, he became Senior Engineer at the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, where he planned the installation and maintenance of six electronic music studios, all eventually equipped with Apple Macintosh computers. He left the BBC in 1993 and now enjoys an independent lifestyle. In 2006 he edited CAMRA's CalderCask Real Ale Guide and was involved in Cock & Bull Stories , a stage presentation of real-life stories about men and masculinity.

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