Dennis Alcapone

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.

Born in Clarendon, Jamaica in 1947, Dennis 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 D.J 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 13 Brentford Rd the famed Studio One. and then to toast over some classic then Arthur "Duke" Reid over Treasure Isle. Bunny Lee 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 D.J. 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 work in Jamaica and through the late 70's 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.

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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Dennis Alcapone Discography Tracks

Albums

Dennis Alcapone Guns Don't Argue (Album) Trojan Records Jamaica 1971 Sell This Version
Dennis Alcapone Forever Version (Album) Coxsone Records, Studio One Jamaica 1971 Sell This Version
Dennis Alcapone King Of The Track (Album) Magnet, Magnet UK 1974 Sell This Version
ATLP 1005 Dennis Alcapone Belch It Off(LP, Album) Attack ATLP 1005 UK 1974 Sell This Version
LALP104 Dennis Alcapone Dread Capone(LP) Live And Love LALP104 UK 1975 Sell This Version
Dennis Alcapone Investigator Rock Third World UK 1977 Sell This Version
BAY 001 Dennis Alcapone / Skin Flesh And Bones* / Pablo* Dennis Alcapone / Skin Flesh And Bones* / Pablo* - Calling 1000 Dreadlocks(LP) Chalwa (3) BAY 001 Jamaica 1978 Sell This Version
SAP006 The Small Axe People & Dennis Alcapone The Small Axe People & Dennis Alcapone - Just Version(CD) Small Axe People SAP006 UK 2005 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none U-Roy / Dennis Alcapone U-Roy / Dennis Alcapone - Dynamic Fashion Way / Shades Of Hudson(7") Rebind none Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
Dennis Alcapone Spanish Omega / Shades Of Hudson Inbidimts Now Sounds, Inbidimts Records Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
Dennis Alcapone / The Purplelites Dennis Alcapone / The Purplelites - El Paso / The Pressure Is On Supreme Records (10) Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
Lloyd Williams (5) / Dennis Alcapone Lloyd Williams (5) / Dennis Alcapone - Reggae Feet / Nanny Version Supreme Records (10) Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
Keith Hudson / Dennis Alcapone Keith Hudson / Dennis Alcapone - Don't Get Me Confused / Ball Of Confusion Inbidimts Records Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
Dennis Alcapone & Lizzy Dennis Alcapone & Lizzy - Mr. Brown / Bawling For Love Observer UK 1970 Sell This Version
Dennis Alcapone Nanny Version / Freedom Version (Single) Banana (2) UK 1970 Sell This Version
none John Holt, Lizzy & Dennis* John Holt, Lizzy & Dennis* - On The Beach(7", Single) Jackpot (2) none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
EX-2039 Dennis Alcapone Revelation Version / Marka Version(7", Single) Explosion (3) EX-2039 UK 1970 Sell This Version
none Dennis Alcapone / Vin Gordon Dennis Alcapone / Vin Gordon - Marka Version (aka Macka Version) / Imbidim(7", Single) Inbidimts Records none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
Winston Wright / Dennis Alcapone Winston Wright / Dennis Alcapone - Dr. Upsetter / Upsetter Version Pressure Beat Jamaica 1971 Sell This Version
Niney* & Dennis Alcapone Niney* & Dennis Alcapone - You Must Believe Me Supreme (2) UK 1971 Sell This Version
Dennis Alcapone / Roland Alphonso & Denzil Laing Dennis Alcapone / Roland Alphonso & Denzil Laing - Horse And Buggy / Buggy And Horse Dynamic Sounds UK 1971 Sell This Version
Dennis Alcapone / Herman Chin-Loy & The Aquarians (2) Dennis Alcapone / Herman Chin-Loy & The Aquarians (2) - Return Of Sabata / Circy Cap Aquarius (16) Jamaica 1971 Sell This Version
Dennis Alcapone / Rhythm Rebels Dennis Alcapone / Rhythm Rebels - Baby Why Version / Tom Tom Supreme Records (10) Jamaica 1971 Sell This Version
PB 7 Prince Buster / Dennis Alcapone Prince Buster / Dennis Alcapone - I Wish Your Picture Was You / It Mash Up(7", Single, W/Lbl) Prince Buster PB 7 UK 1971 Sell This Version
Dennis Alcapone & Ken Boothe / Sound Demention* Dennis Alcapone & Ken Boothe / Sound Demention* - Home Version / Babylon Rock (Single) Coxsone Records Jamaica 1971 Sell This Version