Life As A Community Firefighter: A Tribute To ‘Soul Singing’ Legend, Rick Brown – A Friendship Forged Through Firefighting! (Free of Charge)

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JD Morgan remembers Southampton’s Soul singing legend, Rick Brown, with great affection as their spine-chilling and unforgettable introduction led to a sincere friendship that lasted for many years. In this short piece, JD offers an insight into Rick the person, not just the entertainer – and pays tribute to his kind-hearted confidante, who not only loved this country, but, also, never forgot his Indian roots and, most importantly, gave his heart and soul to performing live on stage. (2,950 words)


Rick Brown was a local legend in the music circles of Southampton and much has been written about his amazing Rock and Soul career as the front man of Rick And The Hi-Lites alongside his twin brother, Chris, during the ‘60s and 70s. Their farewell concert took place at The Mayflower Theatre on May 20, 1988 and is still talked about today. My memories of Rick, however, are much later than that – at a time when his performances were limited to only making the odd guest appearance in pubs, clubs and private wedding receptions, but, even so, it is my great honour and a privilege to sit down and relay a few short stories about Rick which I hope offers a more personal perspective on his later life as a friend, fellow creative artist and long-time ‘brother-in-arms’ Southampton F.C. supporter. Rick’s voice was simply amazing and it is true that, as an Indian who was born with an inherent love of Soul Music his cultural mix is, indeed, a strange combination. But, at the same time, I cannot recall hearing anyone sing Stand By Me better than the ‘legendary front man’ himself, or, as I always affectionately called him, Indian Rick.

9 reviews for Life As A Community Firefighter: A Tribute To ‘Soul Singing’ Legend, Rick Brown – A Friendship Forged Through Firefighting! (Free of Charge)

  1. JB

    A lovely and fitting tribute to a local legend. The thought provoking story behind the friendship is proof that ‘truth is stranger than fiction’.

  2. Susan Shayler

    A lasting friendship forged through a tragedy.
    Reading this made me realise these two men were put together for a purpose.
    Closure for a soul in pain.

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    • admin (verified owner)

      Thank you for your kind words.

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