Dennis Alcapone, a true living legend of reggae, is a must for all lovers of Jamaican deejays.
His experience as a DJ, his vocal talent and his talent as a musician have given him a well-deserved place in the history of modern music.
Dennis Alcapone 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.
It was Keith Hudson who started it with the title: "Spanish Amigo" under his real name. It is the beginning of a beautiful collaboration which sees a certain number of hits released such as: "Shades of Hudson", "Spanish Omega", "Revelation Version", "Maca Version" and "Sky's The Limit".
He then left Keith Hudson to join the Studio One stable where he adopted his nickname because of his fascination with gangster films of this period.
His collaboration with Coxsone led to the hit "Nanny Version". Dennis Alcapone's speciality is that of all the deejays of this era: toaster-talking on hit titles. And it is at Treasure Isle that he will best illustrate himself in this discipline with titles such as: "Number One Station", "Mosquito One", "Rock To The Beat", "Love Is Not A Gamble", "Wake Up Jamaica" between 1971 and 1972.
Success followed success, and his first album, Guns don't argue, was produced by Bunny Lee. So much so that in the early 1970s he toured the world, after being named best DJ in Jamaica in 1972 and 1973.
He settled in England in the late 70's, although he continued to record for Jamaican producers.
From the mid-70's onwards, he became much less active and spent most of his time in England. The death of his mother in 1979 shocked him greatly and did not encourage him to return to the music world. He did not return until 1990 to record an album with Bunny Lee in Jamaica. He also made an appearance on Adrian Sherwood's opus "Two Bad Card".
His last album to date, "21st Century Version", was produced by Mad Professor in 1997.
His stage appearances are increasingly rare in the 2000s. Nevertheless, he remains one of the most respected deejays in reggae.