Q: Would you recall how you linked with Dennis?
A: In those days he was the boy wonder singin' with Byron Lee, them time I used to go to country with him. But when we grew in the yard, then I was introduced - I knew D. Brown from then, we start hangin' out, we do a lotta rehearsal together. Even a lot of his songs that he did, a lot of the songs that he did, like, I was the only one he could be rehearsin' with. I would be singin' one of his old songs and he would go: 'Oh Dave, you remember that one! Man, I don't remember nutten 'bout that one', y'know. It's the same t'ing with me right now, I sing so many singles I don't remember them all! You know, I could recall a few of them well, like 'Black Man Dance', 'Chant To Jah', and one named 'Pay The Price' I did with the Diamonds. Also 'Black Man Dance' with the back-up vocal was the Mighty Diamonds too, and I did one named 'Rainbow', I did one for Junjo called 'Ruby & Diamond'.
Q: We're getting to this later. For composing, did you get to master the guitar, or you was never taught an instrument at this time to compose with?
A: No. Dennis was trying to show me but the songs I write is like this: I would get the inspiration, which comes from God, right? OK, the inspiration, He puts this in me and when I write and start to sing, it automatically comes with the melody. So it's easy for me to write, just like now I just finished writing two songs. I've been at them but I just rewrite them just now, it was very easy for me. And the music, when I go into the studio, even in those days when I go to the studio, I could just sing to the musicians, that's how they used to do it. You sing it to the musician then they get the key you sing it, and that was it. It was very easy then, they would pick it up and seh, like, 'I bet you don't know that'. For instance, I was number one in New York here, it was an A minor song, like a A minor to a D minor, y'know, and Dennis was telling me, "Dave, that's a A minor D minor". Anytime I wrote a song in A minor D minor, it always hit! But when I recorded it, it's like three months after when Dickie get back to me and said, "Dave, it's going good in New York", and that was it.
Q: Before entering the recording field, you never took part in a group, no experience with a harmony group as such?
A: Yeah, well, at the Big Yard, Peter, at the Big Yard now, is a yard weh all the singers used to hang out. You name it: Delroy Wilson, Horace Andy, all a them used to come there and hang out, and they would have the guitar under the steps, and they would sing. And any time Dennis Brown would start singin' I would join the man. I'm gonna sing this one, he wanna hear a song, on Orange Street, the Beat Street. North Street and Orange Street corner, that's where Dennis grew up. I would say: "Dennis, I want to sing, you wanna hear a song?" And then I had start to write my own lickle songs, y'know, like 'Chant To Jah'. Even with 'Chant To Jah', Dennis Brown did a different version deh called 'Lately Girl' on the same track. Yeah, he did somet'ing on that track too.
Q: So Dennis decided to produce you when he heard that song, 'Chant To Jah', or you asked him to give it a try?
A: Yes, he said that he's going to record me. I did a couple songs for him.
Q: So he produced it and Dickie put it out on his Tit For Tat label, I believe it was on Wong's label?
A: No. That was on the Randy's label, 'Chant To Jah'. Yeah, but 'I Bet You Don't Know' was on the Tit For Tat label, and at that time it was like a bandwagon cut I did for Tit For Tat, in the seventies. They had like 'Shaving Cream', that was a monster hit on the road. I don't remember the singer but it was a big monster hit for the Tit For Tat label. And they had Al Brown, 'Here I Am Baby', that was another big number one. But that stable was doing very well at that time, Tit For Tat on Red Hills Road.