This Day in Music 20.02.2016
Brown was born in Warrington (Cheshire, England) in 1963. His interest in music was inspired by the punk movement, Sex Pistols, Clash, Slaughter & the Dogs.
Brown's music career began in 1980, playing bass guitar in a band, the Patrol, with Andy Couzens on vocals. The band soon split up and Brown moved to Hulme to attend northern-soul "all-nighters" in the early '80s as the scene faded. Around this time, Brown met soul legend Geno Washigton, who told him, "You should be a star". In 1983 Brown joined the Waterfront, the band that would evolve into the Stone Roses, as co-vocalist.
He has been the lead singer of the Stone Roses until they broke up in 1996. Following the split Brown began a solo career, releasing six studio albums, a greatest hits compilation, a remix album and 17 singles, performing solo shows in 45 countries. He returned to singing for the Stone Roses on October 2011.