8. Dennis Brown
Brown cut his first hit single, No Man Is An Island for Clement “Sir Coxsone’ Dodd at the age of 10. Over the next 32 years, he would become one of the most prolific artistes the world has ever seen, releasing some 84 studio albums, seven live productions and countless singles.
He started his career as a nine-year old singer out of Chocomo Lawn in West Kingston, performing with Byron Lee and the Dragonaires in the mid-60s, appearing on most of Lee’s promotions standing on a number of beer boxes to be seen by the audience because of his tiny stature.
He received the moniker ‘Crown Prince of Reggae’ from none other than Bob Marley, who declared Brown his favourite singer. The Crown Prince’s many hits included Love and Hate, Here I Come, Money in My Pocket, Should I and If I Follow My Heart. Brown died of cardiac arrest in 1999 at the age of 42.