CONROY BROWN IS A SON OF CLARENDON LIKE FREDDIE McGREGOR, COCO TEA ETC.
The parish of Clarendon in Jamaica, West Indies, has produced a number of successful recording artistes worldwide. Although he may not have the mettle of Freddie McGregor, Coco Tea, The Clarendonians (among others), Conroy Brown has indeed made a statement in the parish.
Conroy Brown was born on January 5, 1943 in the community of Lime Hall in the district of Rock River in the parish of Clarendon, Jamaica, West Indies.
He was brought up in a Christian home and attended church and Sunday school regularly. He attended May Pen School and always wanted to be a singer as music was always his passion. He said he knew that singing was always an inborn thing so all he had to do was to get it out to the public. That he later did.
It was at the age of 13 that Conroy decided to make a move towards this ambition. He left home and went to Kingston to pursue his dream and to fulfil this passion for music as a career. His early source of inspiration came from Toots of the Maytals, Derrick Morgan, Jimmy Cliff, Desmond Dekker, Prince Buster among others.
Conroy went on to form his first group “Soul Tones” with brothers Tony and Pedo in the early 1960s. The group recorded two singles on the Studio One label. “Hey Baby” and “Margarita” for legendary producer Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd (now deceased).
The group broke up after a while and Conroy teamed up with Hansel Crigland the leader of the famous Meditations who scored that massive hit “Woman Is Like A Shadow”. Both formed a new group which they called the Souvenirs. Their first effort in the recording studio landed a single called “Loser” and later “Ugly Girl”. They didn’t get another chance in the studio as an unavoidable split followed.
Determined not to douse his passion to make a name in the music industry, Conroy reunited with Pedo and accepted Roland Burrell (the “Johnny Dollar” hit singer) as a member of the group which was named The Righteous Shades. Some people cited them as the dynamic three as they scored a successful recording with a song called “Lonely Man”. This was produced by Harry Nicholson on the Action label. The group continued their recordings at the New Dimension studio with the singles “Live Good” and “You Should Know”. A few years later, a split was inevitable.
In the year 1998, Conroy took his music career to England. There he met and engaged in business with the famous Jessie Proverbs (producer/singer/ song writer). Together, they produced songs like “Oppressors” (2000) and “Love, Love” (2002) at Lion Studio located in Brixton, South London. These songs are still in demand in a number of places in Australia as well as Europe.
In the era of the soca craze of the 1980s, Conroy cashed in on the hysteria by forming another group called the “Overtakers” with Reuben Brooks and Cecil Taylor now known as Black Thunder. The Overtakers really made a statement in the tourist capital of Montego Bay and were cited as the band of the moment.
Conroy left the band and became friends with “Screw Driver” the singer who scored the undisputed number one hit single “Sharon A Pregnant Yu Pregnant”. He introduced Conroy to Mr. Cecil Sinclair the leading record producer in Western Jamaica. Conroy wanted an amalgamation with Mr. Sinclair’s “Super Love” label and got the greenlight from the popular garage operator who gave him the funding he needed to record the singles “Midnight Bus” and “Mackerel And Banana”. This was done in collaboration with his son Letman (aka Hii-Fye) under the banner of Mr. Sinclair’s Super Love Production.
In the early 1990s, still searching for a way to expose his talent to the nation, Conroy along with Dennis Sutherland (his younger brother) and Reuben Brooks came together and formed the famous “Ghetto Children”. The group was managed by producer Vernon Clarke who owned the Lassonic label. They successfully recorded “How Long” and “Ital Stew”.
The group called it quits and Reuben went to Montego Bay to embark on a calypso career. However, Conroy rejoined him to form a group called “The Invaders”.
Back in Kingston, producer Dillon Bailey owner of the Gemini label, heard of Conroy’s exploits and was blown away – as he puts it. He summoned Conroy to his studio to record two songs “Lonely Man” and “Can’t You See”.
It was at this time that Conroy began the journey of his solo career. He distinguished himself not as a singer alone but a musician and song writer as well. However, after producing a few singles, Mr. Bailey migrated and Conroy was forced to go back to Montego Bay.
Conroy recalls one of his big moments in the studio was when he recorded a single with Jimmy Cliff called “Material World” which was done on the latter’s Sun Power label.
In 2008, Conroy began rehearsals for his album “Coming Of Conroy Brown” which was eventually released in 2011 on the Super Love label with the input of the Creative Vibes band. The members included Paggy King (keyboards) and Clive Wilson (bass). Conroy and Paggy were the arrangers.
Conroy joined forces with Vivid Promotions to bring you his newest album, “Freedom Street.” It speaks to the hearts of people around the world. With Clive Wilson on the bass, and Paggi King on the keyboard and guitar, the songs on “Freedom Street” play in your head long after the music stops. Enjoy!
Agency Vivid Promotions