Lattimore Brown was a fixture on the "chitlin circuit" of the early and mid-'60s, and worked right into the subsequent decade -- he enjoyed some success as a recording artist, mostly reaching audiences in and around the Gulf Coast, and was seen regularly on the soul showcase The !!!! Beat. Born in Memphis, Brown spent a good deal of his youth in the 1950s as a denizen of Beale Street, in gambling joints and, more importantly, the nightclubs in the city's red-light district, absorbing the music around him -- which was mostly blues. He broke into recording on the Excello label in 1960, cutting a pair of singles for the label's Zil imprint, "It Hurts Me So" b/w "Got Plenty of Troubles" and "Chick Chick Chicky Chick" b/w "Always My Love." Neither one was an especially big seller, but both were played heavily on local radio and paved the way for his first modest success, "Somebody's Gonna Miss Me" b/w "Darlin' Dear." Issued on Excello's own imprint, it did well enough to earn Brown a spot performing on the same bills with established labelmates Roscoe Shelton and Earl Gaines. In 1962, he jumped to the Nashville-based Duchess Records label, but a trio of singles there failed to generate any notable sales. It was Roscoe Shelton who led Brown to the newly founded Nashville-based Sound Stage 7 label in 1963.