Glen Browne

Glen Browne: bassist extraordinaire, producer, and bandleader

During the 1970s when America’s best ever sibling group, The Jackson Five, produced a flood of Top 10 hits, and the Sylvers created a surfable swell, a Jamaican equivalent, The Browne Bunch, consisting of school-aged brothers Glen, Dalton, Noel, Cleveland and Danny Browne, was generating small ripples across Reggaeland

Glen, the eldest, born on July 2, 1952, was the first with the intense desire for music and the other brothers followed in his footsteps. They would, however, create a family tradition that trickled down to the next generation

Glen Browne started out in entertainment as a sound system (disco) operator during the late 1960s. But, “I was always attracted to the bass [guitar], he recalls. His early musical taste was influenced by the diverse music played by various members of his family.

But, as Glen recounts, “From the age of 14 I was buying jazz records which my friends found very funny. I got attracted to the bass at an early age and when the opportunity arose I would sneak out to watch and listen to Lyn Tate & the Comets and the Skatalites, the top Ska bands of those days.

He launched out as a singer but Glen Browne as a singer was short-lived. Still, his heart was set on being a bass player, he seized an opportunity to be a percussionist with the Mickey Chung led Virtues band. “That was really where I got further inspired by bass player Val Douglas”, he noted.

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Jamaican music hits the road
published: Sunday | September 2, 2007

Carolyn Johnson, Freelance Writer

”Israel is another good place for touring,” veteran bass player Glen Browne told The Sunday Gleaner. Browne has toured with the likes of Luciano, Jimmy Cliff, Monty Alexander and Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers, as he puts it, all over the world.

Having worked with numerous reggae artistes, Browne has been on tour in France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, Kenya, Japan, North America and the Caribbean, to name a few countries and regions.

Instrumental albums could play second fiddle
published: Sunday | March 4, 2007

Glen Browne, musician and producer, who co-produced on two of pianist Monty Alexander's Marley tribute albums, Stir It Up and Concrete Jungle, and also co-produced on Robbie Lyn's Making Notes, says there is still a place and market for instrumental music.

”They categorise that type of music as 'Adult Contemporary', but what I find - because like my son, Robert Browne, he did an album called Birth - and I found on a couple of occasions, like when he performed at Air Jamaica Jazz and Blues, people were asking for the album and it was a mix of young and old,” Browne said.

”It depends on the era they cover, because even when people listen to Robbie Lyn's album with songs like Cherish The Love or Wild World, it takes people back to the days when they use to court

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