Dennis Brown

Dennis Brown

Most Popular Songs

     Revolution

     Sitting Watching

     If I Follow My Heart

     Here I Come

Bookings and Current Status

Birth Name Dennis Emmanuel Brown
Also known as The Crown Prince of Reggae
Born 1 February 1957
Kingston, Jamaica
Died 1 July 1999
Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae, lovers rock
Occupations Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1968–1999
Labels Studio One, Trojan, Harry J, Joe Gibbs, A&M, DEB, Yvonne’s Special, Greensleeves,Shanachie, Heartbeat, VP, RAS

Dennis Brown Biography

Dennis Brown was born on 1 February 1957 at Jubilee Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica. His father Arthur was a scriptwriter, actor, and journalist, and he grew up in a large tenement yard between North Street and King Street in Kingston with his parents, three elder brothers and a sister, although his mother died in the 1960s. He attended Central Branch Primary School and later St. Stephens College.

Dennis Brown began his singing career at the age of nine, while still at junior school, with an end-of-term concert the first time he performed in public, although he had been keen on music from an even earlier age, and as a youngster was a keen fan of American balladeers such as Brook Benton, Sam Cooke, Frank Sinatra, and Dean Martin. He cited Nat King Cole as one of his greatest early influences.

Dennis Brown regularly hung around JJ’s record store on Orange Street in the rocksteady era and his relatives and neighbours would often throw Dennis Brown pennies to hear him sing in their yard. Brown’s first professional appearance came at the age of eleven, when he visited a local club where his brother Basil was performing a comedy routine, and where he made a guest appearance with the club’s resident group, the Fabulous Falcons (a group which included Cynthia Richards, David “Scotty” Scott, and Noel Brown).

On the strength of this performance he was asked to join the group as a featured vocalist. When the group performed at a JLP conference at the National Arena, Brown sang two songs – Desmond Dekker’s “Unity” and Johnnie Taylor’s “Ain’t That Loving You” – and after the audience showered the stage with money, he was able to buy his first suit with the proceeds. Bandleader Byron Lee performed on the same bill, and was sufficiently impressed with Brown to book him to perform on package shows featuring visiting US artists, where he was billed as the “Boy Wonder”.

As a young singer Dennis Brown was influenced by older contemporaries such as Delroy Wilson (who he later cited as the single greatest influence on his style of singing), Errol Dunkley, John Holt, Ken Boothe, and Bob Andy. Brown’s first recording was an original song called “Lips of Wine” for producer Derrick Harriott, but when this was not released, he recorded for Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s Studio One label, and his first session yielded the single “No Man is an Island”, recorded when Brown was aged twelve and released in late 1969.

The single received steadily increasing airplay for almost a year before becoming a huge hit throughout Jamaica. Brown recorded up to a dozen sessions for Dodd, amounting to around thirty songs, and also worked as a backing singer on sessions by other artists, including providing harmonies along with Horace Andy and Larry Marshall on Alton Ellis’s Sunday Coming album. Brown was advised by fellow Studio One artist Ellis to learn guitar to help with his songwriting, and after convincing Dodd to buy him an instrument, was taught the basics by Ellis.

These Studio One recordings were collected on two albums, No Man is an Island and If I Follow my Heart (the title track penned by Alton Ellis), although Brown had left Studio One before either was released. He went on to record for several producers including Lloyd Daley (“Baby Don’t Do It” and “Things in Life”), Prince Buster (“One Day Soon” and “If I Had the World”), and Phil Pratt (“Black Magic Woman”, “Let Love In”, and “What About the Half”), before returning to work with Derrick Harriott, recording a string of popular singles including “Silhouettes”, “Concentration”, “He Can’t Spell”, and “Musical Heatwave”, with the pick of these tracks collected on the Super Reggae and Soul Hits album in 1973.

Dennis Brown also recorded for Vincent “Randy” Chin (“Cheater”), Dennis Alcapone (“I Was Lonely”), and Herman Chin Loy (“It’s Too Late” and “Song My Mother Used to Sing”) among others, with Brown still at school at this stage of his career.

Ah-E-A-Oh Ahead In Life Alimony All About Love All Virgins Angel Back In The Days Bedroom Bounty Hunter Believer Big Up Body A Shake Bonafide Girl Boombastic Bow Wow Wow Broadway Bullet-Proof Buddy Can\\\’t Fight This Feeling Can\\\’t Hold Me Chica Bonita Chow Church Heathen Clothes Drop Criteria Dame Dame feat. Kat Deluna Dance & Shout Day Oh Diva Don\\\’t Ask Her That End of the World (Drink Up\\\’) Everything You Need Feel the Rush Feeling Alive Finger Smith Fired Up (F*ck the Rece$$ion!) Fly High 2012 Follow Me Forgive Them Father Freaky Girl Full Control Gal Roll Gal You A Pepper Gal Yu a Pepper Geenie Get Back My Baby Get Down To It Get My Party On Get Up, Stand Up Girls Just Wanna Have Fun Girls Just Want to Have Fun Give Thanks Give Thanks And Praise Glamity Gone With Angels Good Times Roll Heartbreak Suzie Hey Love Hey Sexy Lady Hold Me Holla At You Hookie Jookie Hope Hot Shot How Much More Hurting I\\\’m Rebel I\\\’m Sorry In The Summertime Intoxication Island Lover It Bun Me It Wasn\\\’t Me Jenny John Doe Jump and Rock Just Another Girl Keep\\\’n It Real Keep\\\’n It to Me (Swingers mix) Kibbles and Bits Lately Leave It To Me Leave Me Alone Letter To My Kids Lonely Lover

Lost Love How Them Flex Lucky Day Lust Luv Me, Luv Me Luv Me Up Mad Mad World Mampie Man a Yard Me Julie Midnite Lover Mission More Woman Move Hype Mr. Boombastic My Dream Needle Eye Nice And Lovely Not Fair Oh Carolina One Burner Out Of Control P.h.a.t. Perfect Song Piece Of My Heart Ready Fi Di Ride Reggae Vibes Repent Rise Road Block Sexy Body Girl Sexy Body Girls Sexy Lady Shaggy & Rayvon Show Shake Shake Shake She Gives Me Love Shut Up And Dance Soldering Soldiers Story Something Different Soon Be Done Special Request (Rough Cut Demo) Stand Up Strange Love Strength Of A Woman Sugarcane Supa Hypnotic Tek Set Tender Love Thank You Thank You Lord That Girl The Only One (Lie to Me) The Only One (Lie to Me) (feat. Jaiden) The Rain is Coming The Train is Coming The Voices Of Sweet Jamaica – All Star Remix These Are The Lips Think Ah So It Go This Could Be Your Day Those Days Too Cute Too Hot To Handle Train Is Coming Ultimatum Version Walking In My Shoes Way Back Home We Are The Ones We Never Danced To The Rub-A-Dub Sound Wear Di Crown What\\\’s Love Why Me Lord? Why You Mad At Me? Why You Treat Me So Bad Wild 2Nite Wildfire Woman a Pressure Me Woman Scorn WorldCitizen (Radio Edit) [feat. Shaggy] Jahcoustix Would You Be Wrong Move You See Him Face

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