During his prolific career, which began in the late s when he was aged eleven, he recorded more than 75 albums and was one of the major stars of lovers rocka subgenre of reggae. Bob Marley cited Brown as his favourite singer,  dubbing him "The Crown Prince of Reggae", and Brown would prove influential on future generations of reggae singers.
As a young singer Brown was influenced by older contemporaries such as Delroy Wilson whom he later cited as the single greatest influence on his style of singing Errol DunkleyJohn HoltKen Bootheand Bob Andy. InBrown 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.
This original version of "Money in my Pocket" was in fact produced by Winston "Niney" Holness on behalf of Gibbs, with musical backing from the Soul Syndicate. Brown returned to music and toured the United Kingdom for the first time in late summer as part of a Jamaican showcase, along with Cynthia RichardsAl Brown, Sharon Forresterand The Maytalsafter which he was invited to stay on for further dates where he was backed by The Cimaronsstaying in the UK for another three months.
Niney was trying to find a new beat at all times, which was disconcerting, so I hadn't been working with my true abilities.
Now I know that I can produce myself. Brown began working again with Joe Gibbs, with an agreement that in return for studio time for his own productions, Brown would allow Gibbs use of any rhythm recorded in the process.
The album immediately entered the Black Echoes chart and stayed there well into the following year, although it was only available in the UK as an expensive import. Brown toured the UK in Autumn 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". Initially released as a discomix featuring a new version of "Money in my Pocket" and the deejay version "Cool Runnings" by Price Mohamed, which became unavailable for a time after quickly selling out its first pressing, this single gave Brown his first UK Top 40 hitreaching number 14 the following year and becoming one of the biggest international hits in Jamaica's history,   after crossing over first into soul clubs and then rock clubs.
In the early s he also started a new label, Yvonne's Special, dedicated to his wife. Dennis was like a community person, he would earn money and in one hour he would give it away. I want to be a shepherd in my work, teaching and learning, really singing so much. I don't want to sing and not live it.
I must live it. If I can sing songs that people can watch me living, then they can take my work" . In the late s, Brown's health began to deteriorate. He had developed respiratory issues, probably exacerbated by longstanding problems with drug addiction, namely cocaine leading to him being taken ill in May after touring in Brazil with other reggae singers, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia. 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 in Kingston.
The service, which lasted for three hours, also featured live performances by Maxi PriestShaggyand three of Brown's sons. Brown was then buried at Kingston's National Heroes Park. The Crown Prince of Reggae as he was commonly called.
He has left us with a vast repertoire of songs which will continue to satisfy the hearts and minds of us all for generations to come. Dennis Brown was an inspiration and influence for many reggae singers from the late s through to the s, including Barrington LevyJunior ReidFrankie PaulLucianoBushmanand Richie Stephens.
He was honoured on the first anniversary of Sanctus: Nebe Hlásej, Svatý - Jakub Jan Ryba - Česká Mše Vánoční death by a memorial concert in Brooklynwhich featured performances from Johnny OsbourneMicky Jarrett, Delano Tucker, and Half Pint.
The Dennis Emanuel Brown Trust works to educate youngsters, maintain and advance the memory of Dennis Brown, and help to provide youngsters with musical instruments. The trust awards the Dennis Emanuel Brown DEB bursary for Mooncat (Beryls Whiskied Up Mix) - Various - The Best Of House Collection Volume 2 achievement each year to students between the ages of 10 and 12 years.
Dennis had a large influence on me. To me he was the greatest. He was my number one .And Black I Turn (Live) - Divine Lust - Terceiro Pecado. In Februarya series of events were staged in Jamaica in celebration of the lives of both Brown and Marley both would have had birthdays that month.
On 6 Augustbeing the 49th anniversary of the country's independence, the We Are Having A Party - Dennis Brown - The Dennis Brown Collection : 20 Magnificent Hits of Jamaica posthumously conferred the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander CD upon Brown, for his contribution to the Jamaican music industry.
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