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Twenty Greatest Love Songs of Dennis Brown

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Dennis Brown was named by National Public radio as one of the 50 Great voices in music. Brown was Bob Marley’s favorite singer. As the “The Crown Prince of Reggae,” Brown vocally influenced generations of reggae singers including Frankie Paul, Luciano, Ritchie Stephens, Sanchez, Bushman, Prince Malachi, and Maxi Priest.

Dennis Brown’s vocal range covered a wide gamut of musical genres, from the Burt Bacharach standard ‘Wichita Lineman” to revolutionary ‘message’ songs. Michael ‘Ibo’ Copper, Head of the Latin American and Jazz Department at the Edna Manley school of Visual and Performing Arts described Brown as “The Ultimate Stylist.”

(1) “Ain’t That Loving You” (1979)
Originally done by R&B singers Johnny Taylor in 1967 and Luther Ingram in 1979 on Stax Record, this is Brown’s reggae version from his “Words of Wisdom” Album.

(2) “Black Magic Woman” (1972)
Writen by Peter Green of Fleetwood Mac in 1968, this was a U.S. hit performed by Carlos Santana in 1971. In 1972 Phil Pratt produced Brown’s soulful version with the Sun Shot Label.

(3) “If I Follow My Heart” (1971)
Written by Rocksteady Legend Alton Ellis, it was the title track of Brown’s Studio 1 album.

(4) “Have You Ever Been In Love?” (1986)
Written by Dennis Brown and produced by Sly & Robbie on Joe Gibbs Music.

(5) “Love Has Found Its Way” (1982)
Written by Yvonne & Dennis Brown, this peeked at #42 on the US R&B Singles Chart and & #47 on the UK Singles Chart. From the album “Love Has Found Its Way” on A&M Record.

(6) “Why Baby Why” (1982)
From the 1982 album “Love Has Found Its Way” on A&M Record.

(7) “Song My Mother Used to Sing” (1973)
Rock Steady album Produced by Herman Chin Loy on Aquarius Records.

(8) “Perhaps” (1982)
From the album “Stage Coach Showcase”.

(9) “Easy Take It Easy” (1972)
Brown originally recorded this track for Studio One label in 1972. The updated version released in UK on the Tads International label in 1983, written and produced by Dennis Brown, also became a hit.

(10) “Should I” (1979)
Produced by Joe Gibbs Music label from the album “Words of Wisdom”.

(11) “Wildfire” (1985) with John Holt
From the album “Holt and Brown Wildfire” produced by Dennis Brown & John Holt. Released as a single on the UK label Yvonne Special and the US label Tads International, both in 1985.

(12) “Have You Ever Been in Love?”

(13) “Money in My Pocket” (1979)
Dennis Brown’s first international hit, it peeked at #14 on the UK Charts. From Joe Gibbs’ “Word of Wisdom” album, on the Joe Gibbs music label.

(14) “Inseparable”
From the Willie Lindo produced Album of the same name.

(15) “If I Had The World”

(16) “For You”
From the Willie Lindo produced Album “Inseparable”.

(17) “If You Want Me”
Produced by Mikey Bennet on the Two Friend Label. From the album “Overproof”

(18) “Senorita”
From the Willie Lindo produced Album “Inseparable”. Peeked at #94 on the UK Singles Charts.

(19) “Spanish Harlem”
Cover of Ben E King’s 1960’s hit, from the Album “Dennis Brown 50 Greatest Hits”.

(20) “Any Way You Want It” (1986)
From the album “Satisfaction Felling” on Tads Records label.

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Stan Evan Smith

Senior Editor and North East Media Coordinator for Jamaicans.com