The Ultimate Guide to Great Reggae - The complete story of Reggae told through its greatest songs, famous and forgotten - Michael Garnice
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Born in 1957 in Kingston, Dennis Emmanuel Brown loved music from childhood. The young fan who then favored American popular singers, especially the smooth tones of Nat King Cole, could not have known that one day he would own an impressive list of reggae credentials. He began performing as a child, at one point promoted by bandleader Byron Lee as “The Boy Wonder”. In 1969, aged twelve, he began his recording career as a youth singer at Studio One. He had hits with his first singles, ‘Lips Of Wine’ and ‘No Man Is An Island’. Many, many more would follow, and Brown would grow to become one of reggae’s biggest stars, gaining the moniker “The Crown Prince of Reggae”. He was prolific, releasing over 60 albums and well over 200 singles, with numerous hits throughout each phase of his career. He was one of the most beloved singers ever in Jamaica, his popularity rivaling Bob Marley. Speaking of Marley, he and Brown were good friends, and he consistently named Brown as his favorite singer. That wasn’t nepotism, because Dennis Brown was gifted with a fabulous singing voice.