Tuesday, October 18, 2011


The late reggae singer Dennis Brown was awarded the Order of Distinction by Jamaica, twelve years after his death.

Via Associated Press

KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica has awarded the late reggae singer Dennis Brown with one of its highest civic honors.

A former child star who became known as the Crown Prince of Reggae, Brown was posthumously conferred Monday with the island's Order of Distinction for his musical contributions Brown is more beloved 12 years after his death than Bob Marley among many Jamaican reggae fans.

He released more than 50 albums and a long string of hit songs beginning with "No Man is an Island," which he recorded in 1969 at age 12.

Thousands of Jamaicans streamed into a Kingston theater to view his body after his 1999 death. He became the first entertainer to be buried at National Heroes Park, a cemetery reserved for Jamaica's most notable figures.

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