Canadian Country Music Association
Hall of Fame
Family Brown

Family Brown

  • Inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1997
  • Background:

    Family Brown was lead by patriarch Joe Brown with his children Barry, Lawanda, Tracey and Gary Spicer, Dave Dennison and Ron Sparling.  In later years Tracey's husband Randall Prescott joined the Group.  The Ottawa-based Family Brown's 22 year career bridged several generations of country music in Canada and entertained Canadians coast-to-coast. Family Brown released over a dozen albums (MCA/RCA) and charted 43 singles including 24 Top 10 hits. They were among the first Canadian recording acts charting on the U.S. Billboard charts with 7 hit singles during the early 1980's. They hosted a syndicated television show that ran for 13 seasons and won more that 50 national awards, including three Junos and to this date still hold the record as the single most decorated artist from the CCMA itself, with a total of eighteen awards. The band's resume is a reminder that Family Brown was and still remains one of the most influential groups in Canadian country music history. Family Brown, and the musicians that supported them, set a standard for all the groups that have followed them, ensuring that they will never be forgotten.

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