His string of 1970s chart-topping hits precedes him.
Jackie Brown possesses one of the most identifiable and unique voices to have graced the Jamaican music scene. Born Linton Brown in the famous parish of Portland, his singing career like most luminaries started in church where he joined the choir at age 7. Inevitably, a professional singing career came later and in 1972 he scored his first hit One Night Of Sin for Sonia Pottinger's Tip Top label. The song spent an unprecedented 18 weeks at number one and over six months on the charts. A tour of England followed and on his return to Jamaica Jackie delivered his next number one hit Country Gal for the Tip Top label.
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The music scene was now his domain, he followed soon with "Living In Sweet Jamaica" for the Prince Tony label, which went to number two on the charts. Encouraged by the success he had brought to the record labels for which he recorded, Jackie started his own production and released what has become one of reggae's most treasured anthems Jah Jah Children (Never Born To Suffer). The single sold over 70,000 copies in Jamaica while maintaining it's position in the top of the charts for over 6 months. The record labels and producers came knocking and in 1976 he answered the call of Joe Gibbs for whom he did the first and most memorable reggae cover of Send Me The Pillow which became a massive worldwide hit for the Joe Gibbs label.
His next outing was the self-produced mega-hit Little Miss Hard To Get, which entered the charts at number
eleven and quickly shot to number one. By this time Jackie had become an icon of reggae & Jamaican music, he became a much sought after performer on the tourist hotel circuit of Jamaica and on the island of Grand Cayman. His schedule was packed month after month as he performed and toured with the likes of Byron Lee, Sonny Bradshaw, Fab Five, Inner Circle, Third World & The Sagittarius Band.
It was through his role as talent coordinator and MC at the Bohemia Club & Jaguar Lounge that artists like Barrington Levy, Mighty Diamonds, Yellowman, George Nooks and Ranking Joe were given some of their first opportunities to showcase their talent. Jackie, while continuously recording and releasing successful singles, also became a very respected and renown promoter of the "Rock Seventies" shows, which ran between 1974 & 1979, providing steady work for reggae artists around the entire island. Towards the end of that period Jackie entered and finished in the top 3 of the 1979 popular festival song competition with a song entitled "One One Cocoa". Among his contemporaries to whom Jackie gives credit in mentoring and assisting him through his early career are Toots, Alton Ellis and Hopeton Lewis.
In 1981 he took up residence in the USA. From this new base Jackie has brought his music, through his live performances, to Canada, Brazil, England and back to the Caribbean. In his first Brazilian tour in 2000, Jackie was "blown away" when he appeared to sold out shows of starving fans that grew up on his hits of the 70s (still receiving wide airplay in Brazil). As the headline act Jackie pulled in 20,000 to 25,000 fans at each venue. During the tour Jackie received the keys to the cities of Codoe & Marioung from their respective mayors. Since then Jackie has returned to Brazil each year to perform to sold out venues.
This current album is his first official US release, and has sold over 20,000 copies in Brazil where it was released in 1999. The album revisits his biggest hits, but features also some new tracks. Although he has been in the business for such a long time, he still delivers some awful pieces of 'big people' music, a style in reggae music aimed at the mature reggae fan, who isn't into dancehall.
The album is produced by veteran producer Joe Gibbs and was recorded at the producer's studio in Kingston, Jamaica.
Musicians on board are Mikey Chung, Wayne Armond, C.Sharp and Lloyd 'Obeah' Benton.