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Danny Joe Brown 3/2005

Danny Joe BrownMarch 10, 2005 – Danny Joe Brown (Molly Hatchett) was born on August 24th 1951 in Jacksonville, Florida. He graduated from Terry Parker High School in 1969. Shortly after graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and was stationed in New York for two years. Once he left the Coast Guard, Brown’s focus turned solely to music and he joined Molly Hatchet in 1974.

He is best known for writing and singing on such songs as “Flirtin’ with Disaster” and “Whiskey Man.” He was also the vocalist on “Dreams I’ll Never See,” a faster-tempoed cover of the Allman Brothers song. The band’s sound was immediately recognizable by Brown’s distinct voice: a deep, raspy, throaty growl.

Brown left Molly Hatchet in 1980 because of chronic diabetes and pancreatic problems, but soon started his own band, The Danny Joe Brown Band, which released a single studio album in 1981.

He later rejoined Molly Hatchet in 1982, and left again in 1995 after suffering a stroke. He died at his mother’s home in Davie, Florida in March 2005, at the age of 53. Danny died less than an hour after returning to his home from a 4 week hospitalization. His demise has been contributed to a long battle with diabetes and effects of his 1995 stroke. His obituary attributed his death to renal failure, a complication of the diabetes he had since age 19.

He was only 53.

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