Toppa Top 50: Fifty Great Jamaicans

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Dennis Brown

Dennis Brown was blessed with an unbelievably soulful voice that earned him a place as a Studio One recording artist at just 13 years old. Known as Bob Marley’s favorite singer, there were points where his music was far more popular than Bob Marley’s in Jamaica. His attentions equally divided between lovers rock and conscious lyrics, and his ability to make the sappiest love song a hard reggae anthem was one of his most endearing qualities. His untimely passing in 1999 was one of reggae’s all-time tragedies.—Dave Susser