Formed in 1951 by Jack and
Devora Brown, Fortune was an R&B label.
The Browns had started off
in the music business in 1947 when they formed a music
publishing company. Four years later they decided to expand
into recording, and set up shop in their home at 11629 Linwood Avenue.
1955 they had a top ten R&B hit with Andre Williams and
'Bacon fat', after leasing the product to Erica.
were complaining bitterly about the noise coming from their
premises, however, and this forced them to find a new location on
Third Avenue. The year was now 1956 and Nolan Strong and the
Diablos had become their top act.
Strong was also responsible for a record played on the
Northern Soul scene called 'Mind over matter' (Fortune546).
Sides by Cozy and the Creshendals, Melvin Davis and
Nathaniel Meyer are popular too.
company stopped producing records during the seventies
but have done well in the reissue market, due to
the quality of their material.
the beginning of the year 2001, arsonists reduced the
structure to a shell, but you can still see the wall
which seperated the offices and rehearsal rooms from the
demolition, Fortune should have been accorded Historic Site
status years ago.
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