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Glen Brown (c.1943 to 2019) was a Jamaican 'reggae' musician and producer. Glenmore Lloyd Brown was born in about 1943 in Kingston, Jamaica. He would later work primarily in the genres of 'reggae' and 'dub', but had begun his music career in the 1960s as a vocalist with Sonny Bradshaw's 'jazz' group. He subsequently recorded duets with Hopeton Lewis, Lloyd Robinson and Dave Barker, and for producers such as Arthur 'Duke' Reid and Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd. Often known as 'God Son' and 'The Rhythm Master', he began working as a producer himself in the early 1970s (initially for the 'Shalimar' label), and recorded a number of Augustus Pablo-influenced 'melodica' tracks, such as 1972's "Merry Up". Brown also recorded for Prince Buster, Leslie Kong and Derrick Harriott, and later formed two record labels - 'Pantomine' and 'South East Music'. For these, he produced tracks by the likes of 'U Roy', Gregory Isaacs, 'Big Youth', 'I-Roy', 'Prince Jazzbo', Johnny Clarke, Lloyd Parks and 'Little Roy', but due to limited funds these releases were pressed only in small batches (they have since become more widely available on various compilations, including "The Way To Mount Zion", featuring material from his 1969 to 1976 period). Although he did have fewer hits in the latter half of the decade, he maintained his profile through collaborations with the likes of Wayne Jarrett and Sylford Walker. In the year 2000, 'Small Axe' and 'Terminal Head' remixed his work for a single release which included other remixes of tracks by his fellow 'reggae' artist 'Yabby You'. In 2002, Brown's solo single "We Dem A Watch", produced by Ras Kush, was the first record ever to come out on 'Black Redemption', a label based in New York City (where he had settled to live in later times). Sadly, he was admitted to a New York rehabilitation/nursing home in 2010 suffering from renal failure, diabetes, vision loss, dementia and a heart condition. His lack of a properly-negotiated royalties from sales of his recordings severely limited the treatment he could receive there. Glen Brown died at the nursing home in New York on October 4th 2019, aged 75. http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/entertainment/20191005/rhythm-master-glen-brown-has-died
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Sources: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glen_Brown
Posted: 10th November 2019
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