D Brown's UK home gets blue plaque

Howard Campbell

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

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A commemorative blue plaque has been placed at the London home where reggae star Dennis Brown lived, the unitedreggae.com website reports.

The unveiling ceremony took place on April 7 and was attended by Brown's widow Yvonne and his brother Leroy.

Brown and his brother lived at the house in Harlesden from 1993 to 1999, the year he died from respiratory failure. The ceremony was attended by Jamaican entertainers who have lived in London for many years, including singers Jimmy James, Count Prince Miller and Winston Francis.

Dennis Brown, often referred to as the Crown Prince of Reggae, had a massive following in Britain where he operated his DEB label for several years.

Symbolic blue plaques have been placed at the homes of famous persons in Britain since the late 19th century. Among them are John Lennon of the Beatles, guitar great Jimi Hendrix, poet Lord Byron, and authors Charles Dickens and Robert Louis Stevenson.

Brown had an illustrious career which started in the 1960s at age 11. He recorded many albums including Wolf and Leopards (1977) and Visions of Dennis Brown (1978).

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