Doodoo Brown

Sometime during the summer of 1982, Marvin Gaye owed his coke dealer quite a bit of money. His dealer proposed that if Marvin hired his nephew, Doodoo Brown, as a back-up singer, then his debt would be abated. “But Peanut, he can’t sing! And he white!” Doodoo was a painfully terrible singer, as well as terribly white, but Marvin accepted the offer, figuring they could keep Doodoo’s mic level low (or off) and everybody would be happy. Doodoo sang in the far left position on stage, often not included in concert footage. This continued for almost two years until Marvin was shot and killed by his father.

At the time of his death, Marvin still owed Columbia Records more material, so the label decided to make a Doodoo Brown solo record to help fulfill the late singer’s contractual obligations. The album was recorded in August 1984 in the back room of a poultry processing plant with songwriter-producer Franklin Benjamin Brown (no relation) and a veritable who’s-who’s-who of studio session musicians. Unfortunately, something ridiculous happened and the record was never released. It was subsequently lost in the vaults and, eventually, forgotten.

Members of Thooom recently discovered an acetate of the unreleased Doodoo Brown record in an eviction on the east side of Baltimore. Side 1 sounds as fresh as it did in 1984, but Side 2 is damaged beyond repair, encrusted with what appears to be residue from being used as a plate for ham and eggs. Thooom is in negotiations with Franklin Benjamin Brown to complete and release the album as we think Doodoo would’ve wanted it. If you have any knowledge of the current whereabouts of Doodoo Brown, please contact Thooom immediately.