Short Biography

Danny Joe Brown born in August 24, 1951 – March 10, 2005 was the original lead singer of the Southern rock group Molly Hatchet, and co-writer of the band’s biggest hits from the late 1970s.He was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1951 and 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. He graduated from Terry Parker High School in 1969, after which he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. While enlisted, Brown was stationed in New York where he learned, at the age of 19, that he had diabetes. Two years after joining, Brown left the Coast Guard to pursue a career in music.
Brown joined up with David Hlubeck, Steve Holland, Bruce Crump, Banner Thomas, and Duane Roland to form Molly Hatchet. The group released their first album under Epic Records in 1978 with the band’s name as the title. The album was a great success, selling 1,000,000 copies and receiving a platinum certificate from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). A year later, the band released another album titled, “ Flirtin’ with Disaster,” which sold twice as many copies and was awarded a double platinum certificate. However, as the band’s popularity grew, so did the demands to perform and Brown’s diabetes began to prove a burden for the performer. In 1980, Brown was forced to leave the band due to increasing concerns in regards to his diabetes, pancreatic problems, and overall health.

However, after only a year of recuperation, Brown was back on the music scene with a solo project, The Danny Joe Brown Band. In 1982, Brown returned to Molly Hatchet and, together, the band released four more albums. In 1998, Brown was, again, forced to leave Molly Hatchet after suffering a stroke. Brown retired from music soon after and returned to Florida. On March 10, 2005, Brown died of renal failure resulting from his diabetes. The rock icon was 53 years old when he died.