Their work together virtually defies belief, as hits rained from the sky and the pair redefined the roots genre in their own image. Perhaps it was simply a matter of timing as the teen was determined to leave his youthful balladeer image behind, and Holness was offering the perfect opportunity to present himself in a more mature light. The young producer was seeking a singer to help bring his own musical vision to fruition and Brown was malleable enough to make that happen. Or perhaps it was just fate.
In any event, over the next two years, Jamaica was rocked by a stream of seminal songs, all released via Holness ' own Observer label. The haunting "Westbound Train," the powerfully emotive "Cassandra," the evocative "Africa" -- the list goes on and on. Many of these were bundled up, along with a few unreleased songs, on 's Just Dennis album. Brown cut his last song, "Tribulation," with Holness that same year.
At this point, Brown 's reputation was established; an awed Bob Marley was even ecstatically calling him the best reggae singer in the world. 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.
Now he was ready to strike out on his own -- or so he thought. Over the next year, the teen sensation made the studio rounds, recording a handful of songs for the likes of Phil Pratt and Sydney Crooks. But it was evident something was missing and by the end of the year, Brown had returned to Holness ' side. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic.
Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Born February 1, in Kingston, Jamaica. Died July 1, in Kingston, Jamaica. Genre Reggae. Just Dennis. Friends for Life. Limited Edition. Cosmic Force. It's the Right Time. Lovers Paradise. The General.
Blood Brothers. Nothing Like This. Open the Gate. Milk and Honey. Judge Not. Tracks of life. Bless Me Jah. It really was a stellar year, with the singer also one of the highlights of the One Love Peace Concert that year, as well as being one of the major draws at the first-ever Reggae Sunsplash.
The following year, a resurrected "Money in My Pocket" gave the pair a mega-hit and spawned the Words of Wisdom album, which also boasted the classic "Ain't That Loving You. And the hits just kept coming. By this point, the singer had emigrated to London and it was there where he recorded his next two albums: Foul Play and Love Has Found a Way.
But perhaps the move abroad was unwise, for although Foul Play in particular contained some classic roots, Brown seemed to be losing touch with his audience. Back in Jamaica, however, the island had given roots the heave-ho in favor of the exuberance of DJs. Brown had already stuck a toe into these fresh waters back in when he had recorded a duet with Trinity. The success of that record demanded a follow-up and in , Judge Not duly arrived to further acclaim. Meanwhile, the rise of DJs had prompted a group of veteran vocalists to join forces and retaliate with truckloads of their own releases.
Brown, Gregory Isaacs, and John Holt were among the leading co-conspirators. It was a clever plan, based on the theory that DJs were only succeeding because there wasn't enough fresh vocal material in the market.
Now the market would be flooded, with the vocalists each releasing around six albums a year and as many singles as they physically could. Compared to Isaacs estimated to have released over albums and counting , Brown was pretty lax, releasing a mere or so full-lengths and over compilations.
Many came from his own new label, Yvonne's Special named in honor of his wife , but the singer also cut records for just about every label who would let him. The flaw in this plan was that quantity took precedence over quality, and fans should choose carefully from among the clutter. However, Brown continued to release much material of note throughout the rest of the '80s, as well as continuing his chart success with a string of seminal singles.
The decade was seen out by the mega-hit "Big All Round," a duet with Gregory Isaacs that was produced by Gussie Clarke, which helped spur the trio to record the full-length No Contest, again boasting both solo tracks and duets. Clarke helped Brown inaugurate the new decade with the stellar Unchallenged album, which boasts a fiery guest appearance by Mutabaruka and the sweet vocals of Beres Hammond.
Across the decade some of the artist's most intriguing work was in collaboration with other artists. Brown reunited with Tea and, joined by Freddie McGregor, recorded the Legit album, which boasted solo cuts as well as trio numbers. Dennis had a large influence on me.
To me he was the greatest. He was my number one singer. In February , a 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 August , being the 49th anniversary of the country's independence, the Governor-General of Jamaica posthumously conferred the Order of Distinction in the rank of Commander CD upon Brown, for his contribution to the Jamaican music industry.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other people named Dennis Brown, see Dennis Brown disambiguation. Reggae lovers rock. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts.Dennis Brown — Blazing Release date: Apr. 01, Label: Greensleeves Records.