Vicki Brown (23 August 1940 – 16 June 1991)[2] was an English pop, rock and contemporary classical singer. She was a member of both The Vernons Girls and The Breakaways and was the first wife of fellow singer and musician Joe Brown and mother of the singer Sam Brown.

Vicki Brown
Brown in 1989
Background information
Birth nameVictoria Mary Haseman
Born(1940-08-23)23 August 1940
Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Died16 June 1991(1991-06-16) (aged 50)
Henley-on-Thames, England, United Kingdom
GenresPop, rock, jazz, contemporary classical[1]
Occupation(s)Singer, backing vocalist
Years active1958–1990
LabelsPye, RCA Victor
Associated actsVarious and numerous – see text


Brown was born Victoria Mary Haseman, on 23 August 1940 in Liverpool, England.[2]

She married Joe Brown and, after leaving the Breakaways, remained a prolific session singer under the name Vicki Brown. The Browns had two children, Sam and Pete Brown; the former a successful singer-songwriter, the latter a record producer.

In 1972, Joe Brown formed Brown's Home Brew, which played rock and roll, country and gospel music and featured his wife in the line-up. They released two albums, Brown's Home Brew (1972) and Together (1974), on which both Browns appeared.[1] She also recorded with her sister, Mary Partington, as The Seashells reaching No. 32 in the UK Singles Chart in September 1972 with "Maybe I Know"[3] (originally recorded in 1964 by Lesley Gore).

In 1973, Brown recorded a single with Stephanie de Sykes under the name of The Tree People, entitled "It Happened on a Sunday Morning".[4]

By 1975, Brown had appeared in the film, Tommy, billed as 'Nurse #2'.[5] Her public profile heightened after notably providing the female vocal on the 1976 UK no. 1 hit single, "No Charge", by J. J. Barrie.[6] Brown released her first solo UK album in 1977, From The Inside; the record was released by the Power Exchange Records label.[4]

In 1979 Brown began recording with The New London Chorale and the group's popularity with the Dutch people paved the way for Brown's solo stardom in the Netherlands. She also featured as one of the soloists on a series of The Young ... created by Tom Parker, with The New London Chorale: The Young Messiah (1979; originally performed as a concert on television in the UK in 1977), The Young Matthew Passion (1986) The Young Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1986), The Young Verdi (1988) and The Young Beethoven (1990).[4]

Brown also worked with George Harrison, Jon Lord, Roger Waters, Gary Moore, Willy DeVille, Adam Ant, Steve Marriott, Alvin Lee, Chris Farlowe, Cerrone, Yvonne Keeley and Eric Burdon. Brown's involvement with Pink Floyd over several years, included her participation in Pink Floyd live performances, specifically the Dark Side of the Moon Tour and A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour.

She died of breast cancer on 16 June 1991, in Henley-on-Thames,[7] at the age of 50.[2]

Backing singer creditsEdit

The following list, which is not exhaustive, gives an overview of Brown's recorded output as a backing vocalist.

Solo discographyEdit

  • From The Inside (1977)
  • Vicki Brown (1987)
  • Lady of Time (1989) – RCA Victor[8]
  • About Love and Life (1990)
  • The Collection (1993)
  • Look at Me (1999)
  • Forever (2001)[4][7]


  1. ^ a b "Bands and Artists: B: Brown, Vicki". MusicMoz. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Doc Rock. "The Dead Rock Stars Club 1990 – 1991". Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  3. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 486. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  4. ^ a b c d "Jos van Geffen's Vicki Brown page". Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Tommy". Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  6. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 43. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  7. ^ a b "Albums by Vicki Brown: Discography, songs, biography, and listening guide". Rate Your Music. Retrieved 31 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Lady of Time – Vicki Brown | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. 24 September 1989. Retrieved 31 January 2014.

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