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Dennis Emanuel Brown was born in on the 1st of February 1957, in Kingston Jamaica. 


 


"Often referred to as "
Emmanuel, the Crown Prince of Reggae,"
Dennis Brown was Bob Marley's favorite singer. He began his career at the tender age of 11 as one of the many child stars, recording for Coxsone Dodd and the Studio One label. His first hit was in 1969 with "No Man Is an Island" (The Impressions). In the '70s he freelanced between studios before recording his third collection, "Super Reggae And Soul Hits". He made a series of albums for Joe Gibbs and had a U.K. hit with his classic "Money in My Pocket" the first of three incursions into chart territory. From 1977 to 1982 he continued to record for Joe Gibbs, producing such classics as "Revolution," "Have You Ever Been Lonely (Have You Ever Been Blue)," "The Promised Land," and "Sitting and Watching." A live album was cut in Montreux in 1979, a year after he was featured in the film Heartland Reggae." He did a number of albums on the Winston 'Niney' Holness' label, "Just Dennis," "Deep Down" and "Wolf And Leopards"; recorded over three years. He also became co-owner of the DEB label, successfully producing Junior Delgado among others."With a no-nonsense, straight-ahead style, Brown was capable of wrapping a love song in a crooning caress or inciting a crowd (as he did memorably at the 1983 Sunsplash in Montego Bay) to heights of uncontrolled hysteria. He continued to be one of Jamaica's classiest and most riveting performers until his death." -- Courtesy of Roger Steffens --

Dennis Brown died at the age of 42 from pneumonia at 6:30 am, Thursday, 1st July, 1999
at the University Hospital of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

 
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Regularly billed as "The Crown Prince Of Reggae', it was only Brown"s self-effacing nature
that denied him advancement to the office of king.


Loved in reggae music like no other singer, Brown was regularly courted by the major record labels, and even enjoyed a couple of token chart hits in Britain. More to the point, he produced more reggae classics than just about anyone else. He began his career at the age of 9 as one of the Studio One label's many child stars. His first hit,  "No Man Is An Island"  (1969), found him singing in much the same style he was to use throughout his career, only with a far less croaky voice.  "If I Follow My Heart",  his other chief hit at Studio One, was every bit as good.

He spent the early 70's freelancing between studios, recording for Lloyd Daley, Impact, Joe Gibbs and Aquarius, before recording his third collection, Super Reggae And Soul Hits, a mature, classic record, full of Derrick Harriott's soulful arrangements and Brown's rich tones. A move to Winston "Niney" Holness' label was no less profitable. The two albums he made there,   Just Dennis  and   Wolf And Leopards,  were recorded three years apart but their seamless rootsy artistry made them clearly part of one body of work.

A long, fruitful liaison with Joe Gibbs and Errol Thompson resulted in a further series of classic albums, among them Visions Of Dennis Brown,   Joseph's Coat Of Many Colours, Spellbound and Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow. While the rock critics were latching on to dub in the mid-70s, it was Brown who was drawing a mass audience almost unnoticed outside reggae's heartlands. His combination of serious, "message" songs and soul-wailing love melodies was irresistible.

His stage shows, too, were genuine events, and always packed a punch. "Money In My Pocket" (number 14, 1979) was the first of three incursions into UK chart territory, with Brown eventually signing to A&M Records in the early 80s in an unsuccessful attempt to corner the crossover market following the death of Bob Marley. Simultaneously, he became co-owner of the DEB label, successfully producing Junior Delgado and female lovers rock trio 15-16-17.Brown gradually spent more time in London as a consequence, eventually settling there for much of the 80s.

His Joe Gibbs connection was terminated in 1982, marking the de facto end of Gibbs' prominence as a producer. Brown's series of reggae hits, including "To The Foundation" for Gussie Clarke, "Revolution" for Taxi Records or cuts on his own Yvonne's Special label (named after his wife), saw him become one of the few established singers to ride the early dancehall boom unscathed. However, when digital music exploded onto reggae in 1985, Brown faltered for the first time in his career, seemingly unsure of his next move. Eventually, he settled into the new style, recording The Exit for King Jammy's in the digital mode. A move to Gussie Clarke's Music Works Studio in 1989 gave him more kudos with the youth market, particularly on the duet with Gregory Isaacs, "Big All Around". Once again, Dennis Brown was in demand in Jamaica, back at the roots of the music, and rolling once again, recording everywhere and anywhere for a few months.

In 1995 he recorded with Beenie Man and Triston Palma for the hit compilation Three Against War. Sadly, a long-term
drug problem led to his untimely death at the age of 42.            -- Courtesy Encyclopedia of Popular Music --

 

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