Brownie McGhee

Active - 1973 - 1973  |   Born - Nov 30, 1915   |   Died - Feb 16, 1996   |   Genres - Music, Mystery, Crime, History

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Old-time bluesman and long-time partner of harp-player Sonny Terry, Brownie McGhee (he also went by the names Blind Boy Williams, Spider Sam, or Big Tom Collins) had a loose affiliation with films that began in 1972 when he wrote and performed a few tunes for Buck and the Preacher. In 1979, he played one of Steve Martin's adoptive family in The Jerk and had a small role as Toots Sweet in Angel Heart (1987). McGhee also appeared on an episode of the '80s sitcom Family Ties.