Ralph H. Brown, 55, a musician, songwriter and showbiz journalist who established the American Entertainment Society to reverse negative impressions created by recent song lyrics, died in Philadelphia Jan. 9 of cancer.
As a young bass player, he performed with artists like Roberta Flack and Hank Mobley. For more than 20 years he wrote for publications like Scoop U.S.A. and the R& B Report before becoming entertainment editor of the Philadelphia New Observer and northeast editor for Black Radio Exclusive magazine.
He worked as a p.r. consultant for Shaprice Entertainment Inc., a Philadelphia recording company, in tandem with John Whitehead, head of the company’s a& r program. He also served as a marketing consultant for radio stations.
He formed the American Entertainment Society, which sponsored local talent shows in association with WUSL-FM and the national Big Break TV program.
Survived by a son and a daughter.