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Dennis Brown

Jamaican singer Dennis Brown, a dreadlocked reggae icon whose lyrics epitomized Jamaica’s signature sound, died July 1 of unreported causes in Kingston, Jamaica. He was 42.

Brown, born in 1957, began his singing career in the 1960s and was regarded as a child prodigy, sparking many comparisons with Stevie Wonder.

He went on to score many hits: “Sitting and Watching,” “Revolution,” “No Man Is an Island,” “If You Want Me,” “The Promised Land,” “Here I Come” and “How Could I Leave.”

Upon the 1981 death of reggae’s undisputed king, Bob Marley, Brown was christened by many as “the Crown Prince of Reggae,” indicative of the expectation that he would soon wear the mantle as Marley’s successor.

Brown toured the United States, Europe and other areas extensively and was a staple at Jamaica’s annual music festival Reggae Sunsplash for many years.

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