Mel Brown was born on October 7, 1939 in Jackson, Mississippi. He backed Bobby Blue Bland on guitar for more than ten years. He recorded most of his albums for the Impulse, which is primarily known for jazz. His music is a blend of soul and funk as well as the blues. Artist Biography Below by Jason Ankeny Best known for his decade-plus stint in support of Bobby "Blue" Bland, Mel Brown channeled elements of soul, funk, and jazz to create one of the most distinctive guitar styles in contemporary blues.