Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(b Dennis Smith) Jamaican toaster, the most popular to emerge in the wake of U Roy in the early '70s, with a distinctive microphone style. Made his name with the El Paso sound system and went on to make scores of sides for most of the island's leading producers, incl. Studio One, Treasure Isle, Keith Hudson, Upsetter, Prince Tony, Dynamic. His Studio One titles were compiled on seminal album Forever Version, the label's first disc jockey set. Other early LPs incl. his first UK set Guns Don't Argue plus a selection of his Treasure Isle recordings on an LP shared with Lizzie, Soul To Soul DJ's Choice, another with U Roy Version Galore Vol. 2; he also featured on various-artists set Version To Version. The mid-'70s saw the emergence of more Ras Tafari-infl. toasters and a reversal of Alcapone's fortunes. Following his arrival in UK he made Belch It Off for producer Sydney Crooks, followed it up with Dread Capone, both received with indifference. He teamed with Bunny Lee on King Of The Track, Investigator Rock and Six Million Dollar Man, but faded from the scene towards the end of the decade.