Song of the Day: Hines, Hines, and Brown, “Ballin’ The Jack”/”Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home?”

Actor, singer, and comedian Johnny Brown was born on this day in 1937. He’s best known for his appearances on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and his portrayal of Nathan Bookman on the CBS series Good Times. Early in his career, he worked with Gregory and Maurice Hines as the variety trio Hines, Hines, and Brown. This was a performance from The Ed Sullivan Show on March 1, 1964, where he demonstrates some of his impersonations as well.

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day: Hines, Hines, and Brown, “Ballin’ The Jack”/”Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home?”

  1. I had no idea Johnny Brown was in an act with the Hines Bros and was the lead! It’s funny because it looks like Gregory is the least in step with the others.

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    1. Johnny didn’t do much dancing, obviously, but he had a tremendous voice and there was just something about his smile that made you feel good about everything.

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  2. Johnny Brown… I know him for Bookman on Good Times. I knew he was in show business…but I didn’t know about this.

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