4 October 2019 (aged 75)
Glen Brown (Glenmore Lloyd Brown, Kingston, Jamaica, 1944 – 4 October 2019) was a Jamaican singer, musician, and record producer, working primarily in the genres of reggae and dub.
Brown began his musical career in the 1960s as vocalist with Sonny Bradshaw's jazz group, subsequently recording duets with Hopeton Lewis, Lloyd Robinson and Dave Barker for producers such as Duke Reid and Coxsone Dodd. In the early 1970s, he began working as a producer, initially for the Shalimar label, and recorded Augustus Pablo-influenced melodica tracks, such as 1972's "Merry Up". He also recorded for Prince Buster, Leslie Kong, and Derrick Harriott. He formed two record labels; Pantomime (or Pantomine), and South East Music, and produced tracks by U Roy, Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth, I-Roy, Prince Jazzbo, Johnny Clarke, Lloyd Parks, and Little Roy. Due to low funds, his early releases were pressed in limited runs, but have since become more widely available on various compilations, such as The Way To Mount Zion (featuring material from the 1969-1976 period), and Termination Dub (featuring material recorded with King Tubby between 1973 and 1979). Although he had fewer hits in the latter half of the 1970s, he maintained his profile with hits from the likes of Wayne Jarrett and Sylford Walker.
In 2000, Small Axe and Terminal Head remixed Brown's work for a single release that included remixes of fellow reggae artist, Yabby You. In 2002, Glen Brown's single produced by Ras Kush, "We Dem A Watch", was the first release on New York's Black Redemption label.
In 2010 Brown was admitted to a New York nursing home, suffering from renal failure, diabetes, loss of vision, dementia, and a heart condition. Like many Jamaican musicians, he has not benefitted greatly from sales of his recordings, limiting the treatment that he can receive. He died at the Far Rockaway Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing in New York on 4 October 2019, at the age of 75.
Partial album discography
Glen Brown Sings, Melodica Talks (Number One Sound) (1988, Pantomime Records, PRLP444)
Glen Brown Plays Music From The East (1990, Fashion)
Mike Brooks and Glen Brown Meet Rhythm Foundation ina Sound Clash (1990, Rhythm Foundation) with Mike Brooks
Cotton Style (1990) South East - with Joseph Cotton, credited to 'Joseph Cotton and the Lord Son'
Double Attack: The Original Pantomime DJ Collection 1972-74 (Greensleeves)
Boat To Progress: The Original Pantomime Vocal Collection 1970-74 (Greensleeves)
Check the Winner: The Original Pantomime Instrumental Collection 1970-74 (1989, Greensleeves, GREL603), (1990, Shanachie, SH 47007)
Horny Dub (1989, Grounation)
Dub From The South East (1991, Pantomime Records, PRLP02)
Termination Dub - Glen Brown and King Tubby (1996, Blood & Fire, BAFCD015)
The Way to Mount Zion (1998, ROIR, RUSCD8215)
Rhythm Master Volume One (2004, Hot Pot, HPCD1001)
Rhythm Master Volume Two (2005, Hot Pot, HPCD1003)
Green Bay Killing (Pantomime)
Dirty Harry - Version Excursion (Hot Pot)
Ghettoman Corner - Welton Irie (Pantomime)
Lamb's Bread - Sylford Walker (Pantomime)
Brown began his career singing harmony in the 1960's on tracks produced by Prince Buster, Sir Coxsone Dodd, Leslie Kong, Derrick Herriot.
While never recognized as the preeminent dub musician in Jamaica, melodica toting Glen Brown ( aka Glenmore Brown )was a prodigious studio musician particularly in the 1970's when he worked with artists like King Tubby, Soul Syndicate, The In Crowd, U-Roy,Tommy McCook, Welton Irie,Ken Boothe, Roots Radics and Big Youth. Among the artists heard on his numerous studio rhythm cuts are famed reggae and dub players like Ansel Collins, Peter Tosh, Carlton Barrett and Bongo Herman.
His early outputs of rhythm tracks have been compiled and reissued on the ROIR album, "The Way To Mt. Zion" spanning 1969-1975. The pick of his later co-productions with King Tubby spanning 1973-79 were compiled on the 1996 Blood & Fire collection, "Termination Dub". Another batch of his older works is collected on the recent 2 edition set of the "Rhythm Master" series released through Cooking Vinyl. Residing in New York, Brown was active as a producer and songsmith, in 2003 worked with Yabby You.
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