Glen Brown

Genres: Reggae
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s


Glenmore Lloyd Brown, Jamaica, West Indies. Brown started in the music business in the mid-60s as a singer, recording duets with Lloyd Robinson and Dave Barker for various producers, including Duke Reid and Coxsone Dodd. However, it was in the early 70s that he found his true vocation as a producer, and his legendary Pantomine label became home to dozens of unique and often eccentric records. He enjoyed a big hit in 1972 with ‘Merry Up’, a melodious instrumental much in the vein of Augustus Pablo, who had popularized the instrument some months earlier with his hit ‘Java’. Brown was adept at recycling his rhythms in new and interesting ways. If one of his backing tracks proved particularly popular, he would go on to cut a number of versions of it using different singers, instrumentalists and DJs, thereby prolonging its life and recouping the maximum profit for his outlay. He worked with many of the best DJs of the time, including Big Youth...

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