b. 14 March 1957, Hammersmith, London, England. In his youth Brown studied for an apprenticeship in mechanics but was preoccupied with his love of music. He linked up with a variety of reggae performers in London, including Ijahman Levi, who allowed him to sit in on recording sessions at the Island Records Basing Street Studios. A chance meeting at the studio with Stephen ‘Cat’ Coore of Third World influenced Brown to strive towards a recording career. In 1975 he recorded his debut with Dennis Harris; the single was not a success, although Brown was undeterred and began working with Sam Jones of Brimstone. The partnership was short-lived and Brown pursued a more independent path. Throughout the latter half of the 70s he recorded with a variety of producers, including Alton Ellis for ‘Rosemary’ and ‘Girly Come On’, while John Francis produced the rootsy ‘Jah Find Babylon Guilty’. By the early 80s Brown had carved a niche with roots devotees, resulting in the reggae chart-toppers ‘Jah Find Babylon Guilty’, ‘Warrior’ and ‘Fly Me Away’ for the mighty Jah Shaka. Many hits followed for an assortment of producers, including the equally popular ‘Rockers’ for Solid Groove, ‘Reggae Melody’ for Roots Music, ‘Show The Youth The Way’ for Kingdom and ‘My Devotion’, released as an a-side for CSA while appearing on the b-side of the Solid Groove release. Reunited with Brimstone, Brown recorded ‘Knock Knock Knock’ and maintained a high profile with Oak Sound for the dancehall hit ‘Time Is Getting Hot’.
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