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Aug 21, 2009

Ernest "Brownie" Brown

Ernest "Brownie" Brown passed away early this morning, Friday, August 21, 2009. He was a beloved member of the tap community, and will be greatly missed.

Brownie began to dance professionally as a child, and had a career that lasted over 80 years. With longtime partner, Charles Cookie Cook, he was half of the celebrated vaudeville duo Cook and Brown. During the 1930's and 1940's, Mr. Brown headlined at New York's Roxie, Radio City Music Hall, the Cotton Club, at London's Palladium and the Latin Casino in Paris. Broadway veteran of "Kiss me Kate," Brownie was a member of "The Original Copasetics."

Mr. Brown danced with his partner and protégé Reginald "The Hoofer" McLaughlin in Chicago in his later years, and they appear on a tap documentary called "JUBA - Masters of Tap." Mr. Brown was given the ATDF "Hoofer Award" in 2004.
Details on memorial services for Mr. Brown will be announced as information becomes available.

We'll miss you Brownie!
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