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Encyclopedia > Dennis Brown
The Promised Land compiled by Blood and Fire
The Promised Land compiled by Blood and Fire

Dennis Emanuel Brown (February 1, 1957July 1, 1999) was a Jamaican reggae singer. He was one of the pioneer in the lovers rock style of reggae, and with 78 albums to his name was one of the most prolific names in the business. Honoured with the title "Crown Prince of Reggae" by the great Bob Marley, Brown was regarded by many as reggae's greatest singer after Marley. Image File history File links DennisBrown. ... Image File history File links DennisBrown. ... Blood and Fire is a British reggae record label. ... February 1 is the 32nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... July 1 is the 182nd day of the year (183rd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 183 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica in the late 1960s. ... For the Sade album, see Lovers Rock. ... Robert Nesta Marley, OM (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981), better known as Bob Marley, was a Jamaican singer, songwriter, and guitarist. ...


Music career

Brown's first recording was "Lips of Wine" recorded for Derrick Harriott (The Musical Chariot), but this was not released initially. He then recorded for the legendary Coxsone Dodd at Studio One and, and Dodd released Brown's first single, "No Man is an Island". Dennis Brown recorded two albums for Dodd, No Man is an Island and If I Follow my Heart, the title track of which was penned by another Jamaican singing legend Alton Ellis. At about this time, Brown recorded further material for other producers such as Lloyd Daley the Matador ("Baby Don't Do It" and "Things in Life") and recorded more material for Derrick Hariott which eventually saw release as the Super Reggae and Soul Hits album. He also worked for Earl Hayles and the Charmaine label (named after his Hayle's wife) early in his career. In 1977 he had a Top 10 hit in the United Kingdom. This led to his contract with A&M Records, and starting his own label, DEB records. DEB records produced a number of hits, including many by Junior Delgado. cover of Derrick Harriotts Greatest Reggae Hits compilation Derrick Harriott is a Jamaican singer and music producer. ... Clement Seymour Sir Coxsone Dodd (Kingston, Jamaica, January 26, 1932 – May 5, 2004) was a Jamaican record producer who was influential in the development of reggae and other forms of Jamaican music in the 1950s, 60s and later. ... Studio One is one of Reggaes most renowned record labels, having been described as the Motown of Jamaica. ... Alton Ellis (born 1944), from Kingston, Jamaica, is a musician best known as the innovator of rocksteady music. ... Lloyd Daleys Matador Productions 1968-1972: Reggae Classics from the Originator compiled by Heartbeat Lloyd Daley also know as Matador (Born in 1942, Kingston, Jamaica) is a Jamaican electronic technician, sound system pioneer and reggae producer. ... An album (from Latin albus white, blank, relating to a blank book in which something can be inserted) is a packaged collection of related things. ... For the album by Ash, see 1977 (album). ... A&M Records is a record label formed in 1962 by Herb Alpert and Jerry Moss. ... Junior Delgado was a reggae singer. ...

His first smash hit was "Money In My Pocket" on the Joe Gibbs label, and by the late 1970s, working for various producers, Brown had recorded and performed chart toppers such as "Sitting & Watching", "Wolves and Leopards", "Here I Come" & "Revolution", many featuring Sly and Robbie as the rhythm section. The tone of this article is inappropriate for an encyclopedia article. ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, inclusive. ... Sly and Robbie are reggaes most prolific and long lasting production team. ...

As the dancehall era of the 1980s arrived, "Emmanuel" maintained his relevance within Jamaican music, frequently recording with King Jammy and Gussie Clark. By the time of his death in 1999, he had recorded over seventy five albums. Brown was such a prolific recording artist, with many labels and producers. His peak years are generally considered to be the 1970's, the compilation album 'The Prime of Dennis Brown' is a good showcase of his mid-70's period. The albums 'Visions' and 'Wolf and Leopard' are also classics and essential in the collections of fans of 1970's reggae. However, the 1980's showed Brown's enduring appeal, notably with "Sitting and Watching", "The Promised Land" and "Revolution", songs that are the equal of his 70's golden years. It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ragga. ... The 1980s refers to the years of 1980 to 1989. ... King Jammy was born Lloyd James in Kingston, Jamaica and worked as Prince Jammy together with King Tubby. ...

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According to some sources, Brown became addicted to crack cocaine, which affected his career and may have lead to his premature death. Jamaican Prime Minister P. J. Patterson and opposition leader Edward Seaga of the Jamaica Labour Party both spoke at Brown's funeral, which was held on July 17, 1999 in Kingston, Jamaica. The service, which lasted for three hours, also featured live performances by Maxi Priest, Shaggy, and five of Brown's sons. Brown was then buried at Kingston's National Heroes Park.[1] Cocaine is a crystalline tropane alkaloid that is obtained from the leaves of the coca plant. ... The Prime Minister of Jamaica is Jamaicas head of government, currently Percival Patterson. ... The Most Honourable Percival Noel James Patterson QC (born April 10, 1935) was the Prime Minister of Jamaica from 1992 to 2006. ... The Right Honourable Edward Philip George Seaga (born May 28, 1930) was Prime Minister of Jamaica for the Jamaica Labour Party from 1980 to 1989, and served as leader of the opposition 1989 to January 2005. ... The Jamaica Labour Party is a conservative political party in Jamaica. ... July 17 is the 198th day (199th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar, with 167 days remaining. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... The City of Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica. ... Maxi Priest (born Max Alfred Elliott on June 10, 1960) is a reggae singer from England. ... Shaggy (born October 22, 1968, in Kingston, Jamaica as Orville Richard Burrell), is a Jamaican reggae deejay who takes his nickname from Scooby-Doos companion (possibly from the similarity of their first names). ... National Heroes Park is a botanical garden in Kingston, Jamaica. ...

Singer-songwriter John Darnielle wrote and recorded a song about Brown's death, entitled "Song For Dennis Brown," which can be found on the 2005 album, The Sunset Tree. To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... The Sunset Tree is a 2005 album from John Darnielles main project, The Mountain Goats. ...



  • "Money In My Pocket" (1977) - UK No. 14
  • "Love Has Found Its Way" (1982) - UK No. 47
  • "Halfway Up Halfway Down" (1982) - UK No. 56


  • Love Has Found Its Way (1982) - UK No. 72

1970 - No Man Is An Island
1971 - If I Follow My Heart
1972 - Super Reggae & Soul Hits
1973 - Superstar
1974 - Deep Down
1975 - Just Dennis
1976 - Visions
1977 - Westbound Train
1977 - Wolf & Leopards
1979 - Joseph's Coat Of Many Colors
1979 - So Long Rastafari
1979 - Words of Wisdom
1979 - Best of Volume I
1980 - Live At Montreux
1980 - Spellbound
1981 - Money In My Pocket
1982 - Best Of Volume II
1982 - Love Has Found It's Way
1982 - More
1982 - Stagecoach Showcase
1982 - Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow
1983 - Satisfaction Feeling
1984 - & Gregory Isaacs - Judge Not
1984 - Love's Got A Hold On Me
1985 - Revolution
1985 - Slow Down
1986 - & John Holt- Wild Fire
1986 - Brown Sugar
1986 - History
1986 - Hold Tight
1987 - & Janet Kay - So Amazing
1988 - Inseparable
1989 - & Gregory Isaacs - No Contest
1989 - Death Before Dishonor
1989 - Good Vibrations
1990 - Over Proof
1990 - Unchallenged
1992 - Beautiful Morning
1992 - Blazing
1992 - Friends For Life
1992 - If I Didn't Love You
1993 - Best Of - Musical Heatwave 1972-75
1993 - Cosmic Force
1993 - It's The Right Time
1994 - Light My Fire
1995 - Open The Gate - Greatest Hits Volume II
1996 - Milk & Honey
1998 - 2CD - Tracks of Life
1999 - Bless Me Jah
1999 - The Great Mr Brown
2000 - Academy
2000 - May Your Food Basket Never Empty
2002 - In Dub - Niney & King Tubby
2002 - Memorial - Featuring John Holt
2002 - The Promised Land 1977-79
2003 - The Complete A&M Years
2004 - Dennis Brown Conqueror: An Essential Collection
2006 - & King Tubby - Sledgehammer Special
2006 - REISSUE - Super Reggae & Soul Hits
???? - Absolutely the Best of Dennis Brown: The King of Lover's Rock
???? - Dennis Brown Sings Gregory Isaacs (May Your Food Basket Never Empty)
???? - & Freddie McGregor - Reggae Giants
???? - Go Now
???? - Prince Jammy Presents
???? - Rare Grooves - Reggae Rhythm & Blues Volume II
???? - Sings Gregory Isaacs
???? - Presents Prince Jammy Umoja 20th Century

!To be expanded!

Further reading

  • Penny Reel, Deep Down with Dennis Brown. (ISBN 0-9541959-0-6)

External links

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Related topics
Jamaica - Haile Selassie - Marcus Garvey - Rastafari - Rude boy - Skinhead - Dancehall (venue) - Dubplate - Jamaican sound system - Sound system (DJ) - Riddim - Jamaican English - Studio One - Trojan Records - Island Records - Coxsone Dodd - Chris Blackwell - Reggae musiciams - Dub artists - Jamaiican record producers

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Reggae Reviews: Dennis Brown (3962 words)
While this album may be a bit too raw for newcomers to reggae in general and to Dennis Brown in particular, but Brown fans and more seasoned reggae listeners will definitely want to add this classic to their collection.
Visions is undoubtedly one of Dennis Brown's best studio albums, made all the more intriguing by the fact that few of these tracks are among his "standards," songs that are too often included in his too numerous "best of" compilations.
Dennis Brown received some criticism near the end of is career that he was spreading himself thin with all of his releases (which may have some validity, but I'd much rather have too much Dennis Brown than too little).
Dennis Brown - Biography - AOL Music (2078 words)
One of Jamaica's most beloved and prolific artists, the late Dennis Brown has left behind a slew of classic songs and myriad hits, a rich musical legacy born of a career that spanned over 30 years.
Brown's own songwriting was now razor-sharp, and whether taking on cultural themes or lovers' concerns, his lyrics and delivery were always emotionally potent.
Brown's legacy, however, was in no danger as new compilations, best-of collections, and reissues continued to appear regularly.
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