|Tags:||reggae roots reggae dub roots lovers rock|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
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Dennis Emanuel Brown, 1 February 1957, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, d. 1 July 1999, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Regularly billed as the Crown Prince of Reggae, it was only Browns 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.
Brown began his career at the age of nine as one of the Studio One labels 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. Brown spent the early 70s freelancing between studios, recording for Lloyd Daley,...