Dennis Alcapone

Dennis Smith

Also known as Alcapone, Alcapone, Dennis, D. Alcapone, D. Alcopone, D. Caphone, Danny Alcapone, Denis Alcapone, Denni Alcapone, Dennis, Dennis Al Capone, Dennis Alcophone, Dennis Alcopone, Iron Capone, Keith Hudson, Mad Roy, Upsetters, The
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Discography of Dennis Alcapone:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Forever Version 12 Audio 1971 Studio One
2 Serious World 2 Audio 2002 Top Beat Records
3 My Voice Is Insured For Half A Million Dollars 15 Audio 1989 Trojan Records
4 Musical Liquidator / Lorna Banana 2 Audio 1973 Bread
5 Ripe Cherry / Red Cherry 2 Audio 1971 Dynamic Sounds
6 Home Version 2 Audio 1971 Coxsone Records
7 Forever Version 12 Audio 1971 Coxsone Records
8 Guns Don't Argue 10 Audio 1971 Trojan Records
9 Belch It Off 10 Audio 1974 Attack
10 This Is A Butter 2 Audio Sunshot
11 Woman Of The Ghetto / Funky Tang 2 Audio Treasure Isle
12 Master Key / Key Hole 2 Audio 1972 Upsetter (2)
13 Duppy Serenade / Sunshine Version 2 Audio 1971 Banana (2)
14 Alpha And Omega / Beat Down Babylon 2 Audio 1971 Upsetter (2)
15 Fine Style / On The Track 2 Audio 1972 Attack
16 Guns Don't Argue - The Anthology '70-77 55 Audio 2005 Trojan Records
17 Stars / Stars Version 2 Audio 1972 Impact!
18 Musical Alphabet 2 Audio Duke Reid Greatest Hits
19 Teach The Children / (7-11) Seven Eleven 2 Audio Duke Reid Greatest Hits
20 The Bounce 2 Audio Ethnic Fight
21 Brixton Hall 2 Audio 1977 Ethnic Fight
22 Swinging Along / My Baby Is Gone 2 Audio 1972 Downtown (4)
23 Forever Version Deluxe Edition 19 Audio 2007 Heartbeat Records (2)
24 Leave Babylon Land / Cassus Clay 2 Audio Striker Lee
25 Better Must Come / It Must Come 2 Audio Striker Lee
26 Love Me Forever / Rock Them Capone 2 Audio Striker Lee
27 Six Million Dollar Man / Channel One Feel It 2 Audio Striker Lee
28 My Voice Is Insured For Half A Million Dollars 25 Audio 2003 Trojan Records
29 King Alpha 2 Audio Caribbean Muzic
30 Stars / Stars Version 2 Audio Impact!
31 King Of The Track 12 Audio 1995 Dr. Buster Dynamite
32 My Voice Is Insured For Half A Million Dollars 25 Audio 1989 Trojan Records
33 Wake Up Jamaica 2 Audio 1973 Duke Reid Greatest Hits
34 Fever Teaser / Have A Little Faith 2 Audio 1972 Coxsone Records
35 D.J. Roll Call 2 Audio Beverley's Records
36 Alcapone Guns Don't Bark 2 Audio 1971 Dynamic Sounds
37 Rock To The Beat / Love Is Not A Gamble 2 Audio 1972 Duke Reid
38 Stars / Forward Ever 2 Audio Impact!
39 Muhammad Ali 2 Audio Magnet
40 Brixton Town Hall 4 Audio 1993 Larrys
41 Wake Up Jamaica 2 Audio Duke Reid Greatest Hits
42 Repatriation / Repatriation Now 2 Audio Aggrovator
43 Power Version / Martie 2 Audio 1972 Ackee
44 Lorna Banana / Shake It Up 2 Audio Attack (JA)
45 You Don't Care / The Great Wooyie 2 Audio Treasure Isle
46 Make It Reggae / Go Johnny Go 2 Audio 1972 Dynamic Sounds
47 Master Key / Key Hole 2 Audio 1972 Justice League
48 Stars Version 2 Audio Impact!
49 The Conqueror / Grandnational 2 Audio Coxsone Records
50 El Paso / The Pressure Is On 2 Audio 1970 Supreme Records (10)


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 [a=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 [a=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 [a=Clement "Coxsone" Dodd] at 13 Brentford Rd the famed [l=Studio One]. and then to toast over some classic then [a=Arthur "Duke" Reid] over [l=Treasure Isle]. [a=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, [a=Winston Riley], [a=Lee Perry], [a=Joe Gibbs], [a=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 [a=Dennis Brown], [a=Augustus Pablo] and [a=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 [a=Sidney Crooks], Bunny Lee and [a=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, [a=Tapper Zukie] and [a=Prince Jazzbo]. Since then Dennis has toured almost every year. He took part in the [l=Ariwa] Showcase with [a=Mad Professor], the successful south London producer appearing along side artists like [a=Macka B] and [a=Tippa Irie]. By 1994 he was recording for UK dub master [a=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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