Roy Brown is the man whose musical success paved the way for all who followed him in the New Orleans area: Fats Domino, Lloyd Price, Huey Smith and countless others. Between 1948 and 1951, Brown placed fourteen songs in Billboard's Top 15 Rhythm & Blues charts, including two which peaked at number one. But perhaps hit most famous composition, "Good Rockin' Tonight," while only a mild hit for him, was a chart topper for Wynonie Harris. It is now often cited as one of the first rock and roll songs. All but forgotten today, a look at Brown's record sales success in the lat 1940s leaves little doubt of his stature as one of the pioneers of Rock & Roll.