THE JUICE WITH JEM
This week marks the birthdays of legendary artists Bob Marley and Dennis Brown! Brown who died in 1999 would have been 58 years old on Sunday while Marley who died in 1981, would have celebrated his 70th birthday this Friday!
Both artists recorded many of their legendary hits with Clement ‘Coxson’ Dodd’s Studio One early in their careers, like Marley’s “Simmer Down” and “It Hurts to be Alone” during his time with the Wailers and Brown’s “No Man is an Island” and “If I Follow my Heart.”
Later on Marley recorded his first solo album “Natty Dread” for Island Records, containing the classic single “No Woman, No Cry”, while a 17-year-old Dennis Brown teamed up with producer Winston ‘Niney’ Holness and the Soul Syndicate Band for the hit songs such as “Cassandra”, “Westbound Train” and “No More Shall I Roam”.
All February long the Jamaican Observer will be celebrating the careers of these two influential artists through daily tidbits recognized as Reggae Month.