Knowledge Identifier: +Dennis_Brown
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.
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.
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"
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.
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"
Dennis Brown - Westbound Trainwww.youtube.com
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.
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.
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".
Dennis Brown - Jamaica 1978 Reggae Sunsplash.www.youtube.com
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.
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".
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.
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.
In February 2007, a series of events were staged in Jamaica in celebration of the lives of both Brown and Marley
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"
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