Dennis Alcapone

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Dennis Smith
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Dennis Alcapone (real name Dennis Smith) is one of the original Dee-Jays, a classic performer of extraordinary talent and a producer. He was born 6 August 1947 (on his 1975 LP Dread Capone it says 1946), in Clarendon, Jamaica. He first started to D.J for the El Paso Hi-Fi in 1969. Influenced by U-Roy, his excellent D.J skills and ability to toast over the tracks made El Paso the leading sound system of the time. U-Roy was the first DJ to make records voicing over tracks, but it was Dennis' skill and unique style that challenged U-Roy's dominance. His first hits were made for the youth producer Keith Hudson, who doubled as a part time ghetto dentist. In 1970, Dennis had his first hits with tracks like Shades of Hudson, Spanish Omega, Revelation Version, Maca Version and the Sky's the Limit.

Through 1971 Dennis teamed up firstly with Clement "Coxsone" Dodd at the famed Studio One on 13 Brentford Rd. to toast over some classics, as well as toasting over Arthur "Duke" Reid at Treasure Isle and at Bunny Lee's over on Orange Street. With his witty, half-spoken lyrics over the top of the classic rhythms, Dennis created some hit numbers. Tunes like Number One Station, Mosquito One, and Alcapone Guns Don't Argue raced up the Jamaican charts. This success continued into 1972. With tunes like Rock to the Beat, Love is not a Gamble, The Great Woogie, Teach the Children and Musical Alphabet placed Dennis firmly on the front ranks of international reggae.

Through the early 70's Dennis worked making over one hundred tracks and released three albums. He worked with some of the great reggae producers including Coxsone Dodd, Winston Riley, Lee Perry, Joe Gibbs, Prince Buster and others. He toured through Guyana and the UK as well as winning the Swing Magazine award for Best DJ He worked in collaboration with Dennis Brown, Augustus Pablo and Delroy Wilson, and by now his skills were highly prized. By 1974 Dennis was living in England, but continued to tour as well as working in Jamaica. Through the late 70's he worked on making albums for Sidney Crooks, Bunny Lee and Count Shelly. He was also, one of the first DJs to take on a "bad man" persona. Disgruntled with "only getting the praise, and the producer...getting the raise", he went into semi-retirement after the 1973 7" Wake Up Jamaica, but was soon encouraged to have another go at it.

In 1990 he returned to Jamaica and spent over three months recording over digital rhythms for Bunny Lee, Tapper Zukie and Prince Jazzbo. Since then Dennis has toured almost every year. He took part in the Ariwa Showcase with Mad Professor, the successful south London producer appearing along side artists like Macka B and Tippa Irie. By 1994 he was recording for UK dub master Adrian Sherwood and released a 12" version of the classic Rome rhythm as well as working on tracks with the On-U-Collective. His 1995 tour dates included a return home to Heineken Star Time show in Jamaica, his first appearance in twenty years.

It is true to say that Dennis Alcapone is a living legend. His DJ skill, vocal talent and musician-ship have earned him a well-deserved place in modern music history.
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CSL - 8025, none Forever Version — Dennis Alcapone Dennis Alcapone Forever Version (Album) Coxsone Records, Studio One CSL - 8025, none Jamaica 1971 Sell This Version
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JAG 5402 Guns Don't Argue — Dennis Alcapone Dennis Alcapone Guns Don't Argue (Album) Trojan Records JAG 5402 Jamaica 1971 Sell This Version
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MGT 001, MAG 001 King Of The Track — Dennis Alcapone Dennis Alcapone King Of The Track (Album) Magnet, Magnet MGT 001, MAG 001 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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ATLP 1005 Belch It Off — Dennis Alcapone Dennis Alcapone Belch It Off(LP, Album) Attack ATLP 1005 UK 1974 Sell This Version
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LALP104 Dread Capone — Dennis Alcapone Dennis Alcapone Dread Capone(LP) Live And Love LALP104 UK 1975 Sell This Version
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TWS911 Investigator Rock — Dennis Alcapone Dennis Alcapone Investigator Rock (Album) Third World TWS911 UK 1977 Sell This Version
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BAY 001 Calling One Thousand Dread Locks — Dennis Alcapone Dennis Alcapone, Dave Barker (2) V. I. Pablo, Skin, Flesh & Bones Dennis Alcapone, Dave Barker (2) V. I. Pablo, Skin, Flesh & Bones - Calling One Thousand Dread Locks(LP) Chalwa (3) BAY 001 Jamaica 1978 Sell This Version
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RAS 3221C Universal Rockers — Dennis Alcapone Dennis Alcapone Universal Rockers (Comp) Real Authentic Sound RAS 3221C US 1992 Sell This Version
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RNCD 2118 Wake Up Jamaica — Dennis Alcapone Dennis Alcapone Wake Up Jamaica(CD, Album) Treasure Isle RNCD 2118 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
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SAP006 Just Version — Dennis Alcapone The Small Axe People & Dennis Alcapone The Small Axe People & Dennis Alcapone - Just Version(CD) Small Axe People SAP006 UK 2005 Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

none Dynamic Fashion Way / Shades Of Hudson — Dennis Alcapone U-Roy / Dennis Alcapone U-Roy / Dennis Alcapone - Dynamic Fashion Way / Shades Of Hudson(7") Rebind none Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
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none You A Come / Ball Of Confusion — Dennis Alcapone Audley Rollens & Dennis Alcapone / Dennis Alcapone Audley Rollens & Dennis Alcapone / Dennis Alcapone - You A Come / Ball Of Confusion Inbidimts Now Sounds none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
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BA324 Nanny Version / Freedom Version — Dennis Alcapone Dennis Alcapone Nanny Version / Freedom Version (Single) Banana (2) BA324 UK 1970 Sell This Version
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SU-10025 El Paso / The Pressure Is On — Dennis Alcapone Dennis Alcapone / The Purplelites Dennis Alcapone / The Purplelites - El Paso / The Pressure Is On Supreme Records (10) SU-10025 Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
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none Imbidim / Macka Version — Dennis Alcapone Dennis Alcapone / Vin Gordon Dennis Alcapone / Vin Gordon - Imbidim / Macka Version Inbidimts Now Sounds none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
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none Reggae Feet / Nanny Version — Dennis Alcapone Lloyd Williams (5) / Dennis Alcapone Lloyd Williams (5) / Dennis Alcapone - Reggae Feet / Nanny Version Supreme Records (10) none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
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none Run Run Version / Erotic Touch Of Hot Skin — Dennis Alcapone Dennis Alcapone Run Run Version / Erotic Touch Of Hot Skin (Single) Not On Label none UK 1970 Sell This Version
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none Mr. Brown / Bawling For Love — Dennis Alcapone Dennis Alcapone & Lizzy Dennis Alcapone & Lizzy - Mr. Brown / Bawling For Love Observer none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
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none Spanish Omega / Shades Of Hudson — Dennis Alcapone Dennis Alcapone Spanish Omega / Shades Of Hudson (Single) Inbidimts Now Sounds, Inbidimts Records none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
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none Don't Get Me Confused / Ball Of Confusion — Dennis Alcapone Keith Hudson / Dennis Alcapone Keith Hudson / Dennis Alcapone - Don't Get Me Confused / Ball Of Confusion Inbidimts Records none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
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none On The Beach — Dennis Alcapone John Holt, Lizzy & Dennis* John Holt, Lizzy & Dennis* - On The Beach(7", Single) Jackpot (2) none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
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EX-2039 Revelation Version / Marka Version — Dennis Alcapone Dennis Alcapone Revelation Version / Marka Version(7", Single) Explosion (3) EX-2039 UK 1970 Sell This Version
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none You A Come / Ball Of Confusion — Dennis Alcapone Audley Rollens & Dennis Alcapone / Dennis Alcapone Audley Rollens & Dennis Alcapone / Dennis Alcapone - You A Come / Ball Of Confusion(7", Pre) Inbidimts Records none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
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ACK 114 Happy Go Lucky Girl / Sammy — Dennis Alcapone Lizzy & Dennis* / Bobby* & Dave* Lizzy & Dennis* / Bobby* & Dave* - Happy Go Lucky Girl / Sammy(7", Single) Ackee ACK 114 UK 1970 Sell This Version
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none Revelation Version / Working — Dennis Alcapone Dennis Alcapone, Keith Hudson Dennis Alcapone, Keith Hudson - Revelation Version / Working(7", Single) Inbidimts Now Sounds none 1970 Sell This Version