Dawn Penn's earliest recordings were composed and written by Dawn Penn around
1966 using session musicians. In 1967 she recorded the rocksteady single, "You Don't Love Me" produced by Coxsone Dodd at Studio One. She also recorded "Why Did You Leave" at Studio One, "Broke My Heart" for Bunny Lee, "I Let You Go Boy" and covers of "To Sir with Love" and "Here Comes the Sun".
By 1970 Penn had left the music industry and had moved to the Virgin Islands. In
1987, however, she returned to Jamaica and to music. In the summer of 1992 she was invited to appear on stage at a Studio One anniversary show, where she performed the song "You Don’t Love Me" with Steely & Clevie as backing musicians. The performance was a success, and she returned to the recording studio to re-record the song for the tribute album Steely & Clevie Play Studio One Vintage. It was released as the single "You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)" over a year later, reaching the charts in the U.S. and Europe, plus hitting #1 in her native Jamaica., and making #3 in the UK Singles Chart. In
1994, Big Beat/Atlantic released No, No, No, Penn's first full-length album since her comeback. Subsequently, "You Don't Love Me (No, No, No)" has been sampled and covered by the artists Kano, Hexstatic, Jae Millz, Ghostface Killah, Mims, Eve featuring Stephen Marley and Rihanna. Their versions were all renamed as "No,
No, No", bar Ghostface's which was named "New Splash". The song was performed by Blue King Brown on the Australian youth radio network Triple
J programme 'Like a Version' 2006.
Penn performed at The Drum in Birmingham, England in April 2006 supported by the Gabbidon band (which at the time included Faisal X) and, in the same year, Penn was on the bill at the Uppsala Reggae Festival in Sweden. In 2011, Penn released a music video for the song "City Life," directed by
Antoine Dixon-Bellot. On June 30th 2013, Penn performed You Don't Love Me (No, No, No), at the Bet Awards. On December 16th 2013, The Lee Thompson Ska Orchestra will be releasing the single 'Bangarang' featuring Penn on lead vocals, and she will appear in the official video to accompany the single. Penn also joined the Ska Orchestra on stage, to perform the track, on Halloween night 2013, at the Jazz Cafe in London's Camden Town (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dawn_Penn).