Dennis Brown

Knowledge Identifier: +Dennis_Brown


Dennis Brown

Jamaican reggae singeradd

Category: Music

Born in 1957.

Countries: Jamaica (38%), United Kingdom (23%), United States (15%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Gregory Isaacs, Delroy Wilson, Junior Delgado

Linked to: Jamaica Labour Party, Teaching hospital, Warner Music Group, NME




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Dennis Brown was born in 1957 add something


He 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. add something


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. add something


Phil Pratt - Throughout the 1970s, he enjoyed successes with Ken Boothe , Al Campbell, Delroy Wilson, Bobby Kalphat, and Keith Poppin, and had a major hit with "My Heart Is Gone" by John Holt, Dennis Brown's "Let Love In" and "Black Magic Woman", and Pat Kelly's "How Long", "Soulful Love" and "They Talk About Love"


Everton Blender - Williams began his career singing in an amateur talent contest in the late 1970s at Kingston, Jamaica 's "Bohemia Club", singing Dennis Brown songs under the name "Babbaru"


In 1972, Brown began an association that would result in his breakthrough as an internationally successful artist; He was asked by Joe Gibbs to record an album for him, and one of the tracks recorded as a result, "Money in my Pocket", was a hit with UK reggae audiences and quickly became a favourite of his live performances. add something


Clancy Eccles - A socialist militant, Eccles was appointed as an adviser on the music industry to Michael Manley's People's National Party and took part in Jamaica's 1972 prime ministerial elections by organizing a "Bandwagon" featuring musicians such as Bob Marley & the Wailers, Dennis Brown, Max_Romeo, Delroy Wilson and Inner Circle, performing around the island in support of Manley's campaign


Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head - Reggae artist Dennis Brown covered the song on his 1972 debut album "No Man Is An Island", stylized, "Rain Drops Keep Falling"


Brown followed this with another collaboration with Holness on "Westbound Train", which was the biggest Jamaican hit of summer 1973, and Brown's star status was confirmed when he was voted Jamaica's top male vocalist in a poll by Swing magazine the same year. add something


In 1973, Brown was hospitalized due to fatigue caused by overwork, although at the time rumours spread that he only had one lung and had only a week to live, or had contracted tuberculosis. add something


Dennis Brown - Westbound Train


Brown returned to music and toured the United Kingdom for the first time in late summer 1974 as part of a Jamaican showcase, along with Cynthia Richards, Al Brown, Sharon Forrester, and The Maytals, after which he was invited to stay on for further dates (where he was backed by The Cimarons, staying in the UK for another three months. add something


During 1975, Brown recorded one-off sessions for Sonia_Pottinger ("If You leave Me") and Bunny_Lee ("So Much Pain", a duet with Johnny_Clarke), and the first recordings began to appear on Brown's new DEB Music label. add something


In early 1976, Castro secured a deal with Radio London disc jockey Charlie Gillett for Morpheus output to be issued through the latter's Oval Records, which had a distribution deal with Virgin Records, but after a dispute over Castro's separate supply of these records to London record shops, the deal was scrapped and the early DEB releases suffered from a lack of promotion. add something


Brown toured the UK in Autumn 1977 with Big Youth, and described the tour: "It's like I was appointed to deliver certain messages and now is the time to deliver them". add something


In 1978, Brown moved to live in London , and set up premises in Battersea Rise, near Clapham Junction to relaunch the DEB Music label with Castro Brown, with artists featured on the label including Junior Delgado, Bob Andy, Lennox Brown, and later, Gregory Isaacs. add something


In March 1978, Brown flew to Jamaica, where he was booked at the last minute to perform at the One Love Peace Concert at the National Arena, backed by Lloyd Parks' We The People Band. add something


In August 1978, Brown returned to the UK, bringing Junior Delgado with him, and DEB Music released a series of singles, although they sold moderately compared to the label's earlier successes, but in the same month, Brown's breakthrough single was first released. add something


Visions of Dennis Brown was given a wider distribution via a deal between Lightning Records and WEA and topped the UK reggae album chart in September 1978, this chart run lasting for five months. add something


Dennis Brown - Jamaica 1978 Reggae Sunsplash.


Dennis Brown - Whip Them Jah, live at the One Love Peace Concert, 1978.


Brown's next two albums were both released on DEB - So Long Rastafari and Joseph's Coat of Many Colours, although the label was closed down in 1979, after which Brown again did the rounds of Jamaica's top producers, as well as continuing self-productions with singles such as "The Little Village" and "Do I Worry?" in 1981. add something


This success led to Brown featuring on the cover of the NME in February 1979. add something


In the early 1980s he started a new label, Yvonne's Special, dedicated to his wife. add something


With continuing commercial success, Brown signed an international deal with AM Records in 1981, and now based permanently in the UK, his first album release for the label was the Gibbs-produced Foul Play, which while not wholly a success included the roots tracks "The Existence of Jah" and "The World is Troubled". add something


Princess Erika - In 1982, Erika formed with her sisters a band named Blackheart Daughters, joined the band Princess and the Royal Sound, with whom she made several tours, opening for Jamaican singer Dennis Brown


In 1984, he collaborated with Gregory Isaacs on the album Two Bad Superstars Meet and the hit single "Let aaf Sum'n", recorded with Sly & Robbie and Jammy, which was followed by a second album featuring the two stars, Judge Not, in 1985. add something


Brown's 1994 album Light My Fire was nominated for a Grammy Award, as was the last album recorded by Brown, Let Me Be the One. add something


Dennis Brown died in 1999 add something


In the late 1990s, Brown's health began to deteriorate, with longstanding respiratory problems exacerbated by cocaine use leading to him being taken ill in May 1999, after touring in Brazil with other reggae singers, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia. add something


After returning to Kingston, Jamaica, on the evening of 30 June 1999, he was rushed to Kingston's University Hospital, suffering from cardiac arrest add something


In July 1999, a group of UK-based musicians and more than fifty vocalists working under the collective name The British Reggae All Stars recorded "Tribute Song", a medley of six of Brown's best-known songs, in memory of Brown add something


Sitting Jamaican Prime Minister P. J. Patterson and former prime minister, serving at the time as opposition leader, Edward Seaga of the Jamaica Labour Party both spoke at Brown's funeral, which was held on 17 July 1999 in Kingston add something


In 2001, a charitable trust was set up in Brown's name add something


In 2005, George Nooks, who had worked with Brown in the mid-1970s in his deejay guise as Prince Mohamed, released an album of Brown covers, "George Nooks Sings Dennis Brown: The Voice Lives On", with Nooks stating: "I was always inspired by his talent and I used to sing like him add something


In February 2007, a series of events were staged in Jamaica in celebration of the lives of both Brown and Marley add something


On 26 April 2010, Brown was featured on NPR "Morning Edition" news program as one of the "50 Great Voices - The stories of awe-inspiring voices from around the world and across time" add something


On 6 August 2011, being the 49th anniversary of the country's independence, the Governor-General of Jamaica posthumously conferred the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander upon Brown, for his contribution to the Jamaican music industry add something


In April 2012, a commemorative blue plaque was placed on Brown's home in Harlesden add something