Dennis Brown / Feb 1, 1957 - July 1, 1999

One of my favorite voices in reggae, Dennis Emmanuel Brown was hugely popular on the island of Jamaica and beyond. Starting as a "Boy Wonder", he was nationally known by the time he was 12. "Money In My Pocket" and "Westbound Train" were big hits in '72 and '73, before Brown finished college. In '75 he started his DEB label and in '76 recorded "Wolf & Leopard" with Lee Perry at the Black Ark. By the late '70s Brown was a big name in the UK. He sang lovers rock in his later years.

One of my favorites, with Sly & Robbie on the riddim, with Sly Dunbar's drums intentionally mimicking the sound of gunfire heard in the streets of Kingston:

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