Charles Brown is born in Texas City, Texas.
After working as a government chemist in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, and Berkeley, California, Charles Brown moves to Los Angeles, where he becomes a member of Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers.
“Driftin’ Blues,” by Johnny Moore’s Three Blazers, enters the R&B chart. Written and sung by Charles Brown, the song rises to #2 and remains on the R&B chart for half a year. A significant milestone of the early postwar blues, it receives ‘Cashbox’ magazine’s award for R&B record of the year.
Charles Brown hits #4 on the R&B chart with “In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down”.
The Charles Brown Trio releases three singles on Aladdin Records
Charles Brown’s first solo single, “Get Yourself Another Fool,” is released on Aladdin Records. It reaches #4 on the R&B chart.
“Trouble Blues” by Charles Brown enters the R&B charts, which it tops for 15 weeks.
Charles Brown hits #2 on the R&B chart with “Seven Long Days” and #1 on the R&B chart with “Black Night.” Both singles are released on Aladdin records.
“Black Night” enters the R&B charts, which it tops for 14 weeks. Over a two-year period, Charles Brown’s two biggest hits occupied the #1 spot for a combined 29 weeks—a phenomenal feat.
“Please Come Home for Christmas” is Charles Brown’s last hit (#21 R&B, #76 pop). The Eagles’ cover version becomes a Christmastime hit again in 1978, reaching #18.
A renewal of interest in Charles Brown is triggered by a regular stand of dates at Tramps, a New York club.
One More for the Road, an album of jazz by Charles Brown, blues and pop standards, appears on Blue Side Records. Three years later, it is reissued on Alligator Records.
Charles Brown gains exposure to a younger generation of listeners as Bonnie Raitt’s opening act on a national tour.
Charles Brown releases ‘All My Life’, a latter-day blues classic that includes appearances by Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John and Ruth Brown.
Charles Brown is awarded a National Heritage Fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts at the White House.
‘So Goes Love’, the last studio album of Charles Brown’s career, is released on the Verve label.
Charles Brown dies of congestive heart failure on Oakland, California, ten days after a fundraising concert on his behalf at San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall .
Charles Brown is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the fourteenth annual induction dinner. Bonnie Raitt is his presenter.