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Born: 22nd May 1945, Chopwell, County Durham, UK.
UK Blues and Rhythm & Blues bassist, who's surname often appears as the alias 'Fenson' - created from guitar names 'FENder' & 'GibSON'.
Ricky Brown's musical career effectively began in the rear hall of the Sudbury Swan pub, England, 1960:
After being demobbed February 6th, 1960, the drummer Carlo Little was looking up old friends in the Cannibal Pot coffee bar in Sudbury's Harrow Road, where Little was introduced to David Sutch. The two got on well and decided to form a rhythm & blues group.
They met 16 year-old guitarist Bernie Watson, who introduced them to 15 year-old bass guitarist Ricky Brown (aka Fenson/Fensen) who, in turn, introduced them to 16 year-old keyboard-player Nicky Hopkins. The group met up for a first practice in the rear hall of the Sudbury Swan pub, where it was decided that the excentric and long-haired Sutch would become their singer. Three months later the new group had perfected enough songs for an act. Thus, Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages was born.
In April 1962 Watson was replaced by Dave Wendels on guitar & Hopkins was replaced by Andy Wren on keyboards. In May 1962 Wendells was replaced by Ritchie Blackmore on guitar.
In November 1962, The Savages departed from Sutch and joined Cyril Davies And His Rhythm And Blues All Stars: Cyril Davies (vocals, harmonica), Bernie Watson (guitar), Ricky Brown (bass), Nicky Hopkins (keyboards) & Carlo Little (drums).
In January 1963, the band was augmented by singer Long John Baldry and a trio of backing vocalists, The Velvettes. During this period Brown was also guesting as a bassist with John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers. In these early days of Brown's career he was sometimes billed or referred to in print as Ricky Fenson (occasionally Fensen).
Brown also played with The Rolling Stones (along with Carlo Little) on a BBC Radio 'Jazz Club' program, as Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman couldn't attend due to their work commitments. This one-off lineup was: Mick Jagger (vocals, harmonica), Brian Jones (guitar), Keith Richards (guitar), Ricky Brown (bass), Ian 'Stu' Stewart (keyboards) & Carlo Little (drums).
In June 1963, Brown left Cyril Davies to join Lord Sutch again (replaced by Cliff Barton). (Watson left to join John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers). The new line-up of Screaming Lord Sutch & The Savages was: Lord Sutch (vocals), Stuart Taylor (guitar), Ricky Brown (bass), Paul Dean (keyboards) & Pete Phillips (drums). Carlo Little replaced Phillips in August 1963 and Brown left the band in January 1964.
In November 1964, Brown joined Brian Auger & The Trinity: Brian Auger (keyboards), Ricky Brown (bass) & Micky Waller (drums). After 2 single releases they were joined by Long John Baldry on vocals. In April 1965, the group evolved into a new band, The Steampacket: Long John Baldry (vocals), Rod Stewart (vocals), Julie Driscoll (vocals), Vic Briggs (guitar), Brian Auger (keyboards), Ricky Brown (bass) & Micky Waller (drums). Recordings made in December 1965 were not released but, after Rod Stewart's subsequent mainstream success, the recordings were released in 1973. The Steampacket disbanded in April 1966.
Brown joined Georgie Fame & The Blue Flames for a short time, replacing Colin Green (and working with a future Hendrix drummer): Georgie Fame (vocals, keyboards), Ricky Brown (bass), Eddie Thornton (trumpet), Peter Coe (sax), Glenn Hughes (sax), Mitch Mitchell (drums). However, most of The Steampacket remained to become the nucleus of a new band, Brian Auger - Julie Driscoll & The Trinity, which Brown re-joined: Julie Driscoll (vocals), Vic Briggs (guitar), Ricky Brown (bass), Brian Auger (keyboards) & Micky Waller (drums). In March 1967 Brown left to join Georgie Fame again: Georgie Fame (vocals, keyboards), John McLaughlin (guitar), Ricky Brown (bass), Eddie Thornton (trumpet), Johnny Marshall (sax), Lyn Dobson (sax, flute), Derek Wadsworth (trombone), Hughie Flint (drums) & J. Scott (percussion). (Jon Hiseman replaced Flint & Scott on drums/percussion in January 1968).
In the latter part of Brown's career he appeared with Carlo Little again in Carlo Little All Stars, working alongside Ronnie Wood's elder brother Arthur 'Art' Wood: Art Wood (vocals), Eddie Armer (harmonica), Alex Chanter (guitar), Ricky Brown (bass), Johnny Casanova (keyboards) & Carlo Little (drums).