Milton Brown (September 7, 1903–April 18, 1936) was an American band leader and vocalist who co-founded the genre of Western swing. His band was the first to fuse country, jazz, and pop together into a
unique, distinctly American hybrid, thus giving him the nickname "Father of Western Swing". The birthplace of Brown's "hot-jazz & country" up-beat string band sound was developed at the Crystal Springs Dance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas from 1932 to 1936. Brown's music inspired the great string jazz musicians from Europe, Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grapelli who in 1934 formed the Hot Club de Paris quintet.
With Bob Wills—who he performed with at the beginning of this career—Brown developed the sound and style of Western
swing in the early 1930s; and for a while he and his band, the Musical Brownies, were more popular than Wills and his Texas Playboys. Brown's
career was cut short in 1936 when he died in a car accident, just as he was
poised to break into international stardom.
Born in Stephenville, Texas in 1903, Brown moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1918. After graduating from Fort Worth's Arlington Heights High School in 1925, he worked as a cigar saleman, but he lost his job