DENNIS BROWN

Words Of Wisdom (2014 Reissue)

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Dennis Emmanuel Brown (1957-1999) was a Jamaican reggae singer. During his prolific career, which began in the late 1960s when he was aged eleven, he recorded more than 75 albums and was one of the major stars of lovers rock, a 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.

Dennis Brown was an inspiration and influence for many reggae singers from the late 1970s through to the 2000s, including Barrington Levy, Junior Reid, Frankie Paul, Luciano, Bushman, and Richie Stephens. In July 1999, a group of UK-based musicians and more than fifty vocalists working under the collective name The British Reggae All Stars (including Mafia & Fluxy, Carlton "Bubblers" Ogilvie, Peter Hunnigale, Louisa Mark, Nerious Joseph, and Sylvia Tella) recorded Tribute Song, a medley of six of Brown's best-known songs, in memory of Brown.

Songs about or dedicated to Brown include Song for Dennis Brown by The Mountain Goats, If This World Were Mine by Slightly Stoopid, Drive by Pepper, and Whitney Houston's Whitney Houston Dub Plate on The Ecleftic: 2 Sides II a Book by Wyclef Jean.

On 26 April 2010, Brown was featured on NPR Morning Edition news program as one of the "50 Great Voices - The stories of awe-inspiring voices from around the world and across time". The NPR "50 Great Voices" list includes Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, and Jackie Wilson among others.

Tracklist

Side A
1. So Jah Say
2. Don't Feel No Way
3. Words Of Wisdom
4. Should I
5. A True
6. Ain't That Loving You

Side B
1. Cassandra
2. Love Jah
3. Black Liberation
4. Rasta Children
5. Drifter
6. Money In My Pocket