Big Youth

Big Youth — aka Manley Augustus Buchanan (born April 19, 1949) — is a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae artist and deejay who debuted with the pioneering Screaming Target album on Jaguar in 1972, followed by a run of titles over the ensuing trilustrum on Agustus Buchanan, Nichola Delita, Heartbeat Records, and other labels. Discography: Screaming Target (1972) […]

Zap Pow

Zap Pow were a Jamaican reggae band that released albums on Trojan, Vulcan, and Wham-Pac between 1976 and 1978. Members: Dwight Pinkney (guitar, backing vocals), Michael “Zap Pow” Williams (bass, backing vocals), David Madden (trumpet, backing vocals), Glen DaCosta (tenor saxophone), Joe McCormack (trombone), Richard ‘T-Bird’ Johnson (keyboards), Danny Mowatt (drums), Max Edwards (drums, backing […]

Yabby U

Yabby U — aka Vivian Jackson (Aug. 14, 1946 — Jan. 12, 2010) — was a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae artist and deejay who relesed albums on Prophets, Grove, Nationwide, and various other labels between 1976 and 1984. Discography: Conquering Lion (1975) King Tubby’s Prophesy of Dub (1976 • King Tubby & Yabby You) Chant Down Babylon […]

Trinity

Trinity — aka Wade Brammer — is a Jamaican reggae artist and deejay who released albums on Magnum, Trojan, Burning Sounds, and numerous other labels between 1977 and 1983. Discography: Clash (1977 • Dillinger verses Trinity) Shanty Town Determination (1977) Three Piece Suit (1977) Up Town Girl (1977) At His Toasting Best (1978) Dreadlocks Satisfaction […]

Third World

Third World are a Jamaican roots-reggae band that released six albums on Island Records between 1976 and 1980, followed by a round of titles on CBS during the subsequent four-year period. Members: Michael “Ibo” Cooper (keyboards, 1973-97), Steven “Cat” Coore (guitar, cello), Richard Daley (bass), Carl Barovier (drums), Willie Stewart (drums, 1977-97), Irvin “Carrot” Jarret […]

Tappa Zukie

Tappa Zukie — aka David Sinclair (born July 2, 1955) — is a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae artist and deejay who debuted with an album on Count Shelly in 1973, followed by titles on Klick, Stars, and Front Line during the remainder of the decade. Discography: Man Ah Warrior (1973) M.P.L.A. (1976) Tapper Zukie in Dub (1976) […]

Sugar Minott

Sugar Minott — aka Lincoln Barrington Minott (May 25, 1956 — July 10, 2010) — was a Jamaican roots-reggae artist who released albums on Studio One, Trojan, Mango, and Gorgon between 1977 and 1979, followed by more than 60 albums on assorted labels during the subsequent three decades. Discography: Live Loving (1977) Showcase (1977) Bitter […]

The Royals

The Royals were a Jamaican soul-reggae band that issued a run of singles on Blue Beat and numerous other labels between 1964 and 1975. In 1977, the band released the album Pick Up the Pieces on Magnum Records, followed by three further albums on Ballistic between 1978 and 1981. Members: Roy Cousins, Errol Green, Berthram […]

The Revolutionaries

The Revolutionaries were a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae session band centered on the drum/bass team of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare. More than 30 releases bore the nameplate on Earthquake, Trojan, Ballistic, and numerous other labels between 1976 and 1981. Members: Sly Dunbar (drums), Robbie Shakespeare (bass), Ossie Hibbert (keyboards), Ansel Collins (keyboards), Tarzan Nelson (keyboards), Radcliffe […]

Prince Jazzbo

Prince Jazzbo — aka Linval Roy Carter (Sept. 3, 1951 — Sept. 11, 2013) — was a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae artist and deejay who released three albums during the mid-1970s on Live And Love, Black Wax, and Third World. Discography: …Step Forward Youth (1975 • I Roy vrs Prince Jazbo) Kick Boy Face (1976) Natty Passing […]

Prince Hammer

Prince Hammer — aka Beris Simpson — is a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae artist and deejay who issued a round of singles on Gold Cup in 1976, followed by the album Bible on Virgin in 1978. The following year yielded two album on Hitrun and Miss Pat Walker. Discography: Bible (1978) Roots Me Roots (1979) World War […]

Peter Tosh

Peter Tosh — aka Winston Hubert MacIntosh (Oct. 19, 1944 — Sept. 11, 1987) — was a Jamaican roots-reggae musician who rose to prominence during the 1960s as a member of the Wailers. In 1976, he released the album Legalize It on Intel Diplo/Columbia, followed by three further albums on the imprint during the late […]

Peter Straker

Peter Straker (born Nov. 7, 1943) is a Jamaican cabaret-pop singer who issued three singles on Polydor at the start of the 1970s, followed by the album Private Parts on RCA in 1972. He reemerged on EMI in 1977 with the Freddie Mercury-produced This One’s on Me, followed by Changeling in 1978. His final album, […]

The Meditations

The Meditations were a Jamaican reggae trio that cut several singles on Wild Flower and other small-presses during the mid-1970s, followed by a run of albums on Sound Proof, Gorgon, Wackie’s, and other labels since 1977. Discography: Message From The Meditations (1976) Wake Up! (1977) Guidance (1979) No More Friend (1983) For the Good of […]

Max Romeo

Max Romeo — aka Maxwell Livingston Smith (Nov. 22, 1947) — is a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae artist who released a string of singles on Lee’s and Unity during the late 1960s, culminating with the album A Dream on Panama Records. Since that time, he has released more than 30 albums on Dynamic Sounds, Solid Groove, and […]

Marcia Griffiths

Marcia Griffiths (born Nov. 23, 1949) is a Jamaican singer who emerged as the featured vocalist in The Reggaes during the early 1970s. As a solo performer, she released the album Sweet Bitter Love on Wild Flower in 1974, followed by albums on Sky Note, Penthouse, and other labels from 1978-onward. Discography: Sweet Bitter Love […]

Leroy Brown

Leroy Brown is a Jamaican roots-reggae artist who released the album Prayer of Peace on Caturna in 1976 with backing by His Defence Force. In 1981, he released a solo album on Rhythm Gits. Discography: Prayer of Peace (1976 • Leroy Brown & His Defence Force) Face to Face (1981)

Junior Murvin

Junior Murvin — aka Murvin Junior Smith (1949 — Dec. 2, 2013) — was a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae artist who issued a round of singles on Wild Flower in 1976, including the popular “Police and Thief,” repurposed for the 1977 Island release Police & Thieves. Three further albums followed on Dread at the Controls and Greensleeves […]

Keith Hudson

Keith Hudson — aka Lloyd Lindburg (1946 — Nov. 14, 1984) — was a Jamaican dub/funk-reggae artist and deejay who released a string of singles on Imbidimts at the start of the 1970s, followed by a run of albums on Joint International and other labels between 1972 and 1982, including the popular 1974 release Pick […]

Jah Lion

Jah Lion — aka Patrick Lloyd Francis (Aug. 29, 1947 — June 12, 1999) — was a Jamaican roots-reggae artist and deejay who released the album Colombia Colly on Island Records in 1976, followed by a string of collaborative singles and a second album on Vista Sounds in 1983. Discography: Colombia Colly (1976) In Action […]

The Abyssinians

The Abyssinians are a Jamaican roots-reggae act that released three albums on Penetrate, Tuff Gong, and Alligator Records between 1976 and 1982. Members: Bernard Collins, Donald Manning, Linford Manning, Carlton Manning, David Morrison Discography: Satta Masa Gana (1976) Arise (1978) Forward (1982)

I Roy

I Roy — aka Roy Samuel Reid (June 28, 1942 — Nov. 27, 1999) — was a Jamaican dub/reggae artist and deejay who released three albums on Trojan Horse in 1973 and 1974, followed by 22 further titles over the next two decades on assorted labels, including the album Musical Shark Attack on Virgin in […]

Hugh Mundell

Hugh Mundell (June 14, 1962 – Oct. 14, 1983) was a Jamaican roots-reggae musician who, at age 16, released the popular album Africa Must Be Free by 1983 on Message in 1978. Four further albums appeared during the ensuing half-decade on Mun Rock, Live and Love, Greensleeves, and Shanachie before the artist was killed at […]

Horace Andy

Horace Andy (born Feb. 19, 1951) is a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae artist who released a string of small-press singles circa 1970/71, going full-length with the Studio One release Skylarking in 1972. More than 40 further albums appeared during the next four decades on numerous labels, including the popular In The Light twofer on Hungry Town in […]

King Tubby

King Tubby — aka Osbourne Ruddock (Jan. 28, 1941 — Feb. 6, 1989) — was a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae artist and deejay who released a string of albums on Klick, Attack, and Total Sounds during the early 1970s, culminating in the popular In Dub Conference series on Moodisc between 1976 and 1978. A further round of […]

Gregory Isaacs

Gregory Isaacs — aka (July 15, 1951 — Oct. 25, 2010) — was a Jamaican reggae artist who issued numerous singles on Escort, Success, and other small-presses between 1969 and 1973, going full-length with the Trojan Records release In Person in 1974. Over the next 35 years, he released more than 100 titles on various […]

The Gladiators

The Gladiators were a Jamaican reggae band that released numerous singles on Studio One and WIRL between 1968 and 1975, culminating with the 1976 Virgin release Trenchtown Mix Up. Over the next three decades, the band issued more than 30 titles in various iterations on Nighthawk, Heartbeat, XIII BIS, and other labels. Members: Albert Griffiths, […]

Fred Locks

Fred Locks — aka Stafford Elliot — is a Jamaican reggae artist who released the album Black Star Liners / True Rastaman on Vulcan in 1976, followed by a pair of albums with the Creation Steppers on Revelations and Regal between 1978 and 1982. Discography: Black Star Liners (1976) Nebuchadnezzar King of Babylon (1978 • […]

Dillinger

Dillinger — aka Lester Bullocks (born June 25, 1953) — is a Jamaican reggae artist and deejay who issued a string of singles on assorted Kingston small-press labels in 1973 and 1974, followed by the album Ready Natty Dreadie on Studio One in 1975. A pair of albums appeared on Island Records in 1976, followed […]

Dennis Brown

Dennis Brown (Feb. 1, 1957 — July 1, 1999) was a Jamaican reggae singer and songwriter who released two albums on Studio One in 1970 and 1971, followed by a string of titles on assorted labels over the next half-decade. In 1977, he released the popular album Wolf & Leopards on D.E.B. Music, followed by […]

Culture

Culture are a Jamaican roots-reggae band that released the popular album Two Sevens Clash on Joe Gibbs Record Globe in 1977, followed by more than 30 titles over the next three decades on Virgin, Shanachie, RAS, and other labels. Members: Joseph Hill (lead vocals, 1976-2006), Albert Walker (backing vocals, 1976-82, 1986-present), Kenneth Dayes (backing vocals, […]

The Congos

The Congos were a Jamaican reggae duo that released the popular album Heart of the Congos on Black Art in 1977, followed by three further titles on Congo Ashanty and Go-Feet between 1979 and 1981. Members: Ashanti Roy [Roydel Johnson] (tenor vocals), Cedric Myton (vocals) Discography: Heart of the Congos (1977) Congo (1979) Image of […]

Claudja Barry

Claudja Barry (born 1952) is a Jamaican-born soul-funk singer who released four albums on Lollipop Records between 1976 and 1979, followed by three titles on Jupiter, Personal, and Epic during the 1980s. Discography: Sweet Dynamite (1976) The Girl Most Likely (1977) I Wanna Be Loved by You (1978) Feel the Fire (1979) Made in Hong […]

Cedric Im Brooks

Cedric Im Brooks (1943 — May 3, 2013) was a Jamaican jazz/reggae saxophonist who released an album with The Divine Light (aka The Light of Saba) on Doctor Bird in 1973, followed by four albums on Studio One and other labels between 1977 and 1980. Discography: From Mento to Reggae to Third World Music (1975 […]

Bunny Wailer

Bunny Wailer — aka Neville O’Riley Livingston (born April 10, 1947) — is a Jamaican vocalist, percussionist, and songwriter best known as the namesake member of the original Wailers. After 11 years with the band, he released two albums on Island Records in 1976 and 1977, followed by more than a dozen titles on Solomonic […]

Burning Spear

Burning Spear — aka Winston Rodney (born March 1, 1948) — is a Jamaican dub/roots-reggae artist who issued a round of singles on Bamboo and Studio One between 1969 and 1971, followed by a debut album on Coxsone in 1972. Signed to Island Records, he released the popular Marcus Garvey album in 1975, followed by […]

Black Uhuru

Black Uhuru are a Jamaican reggae band that debuted as Black Sounds Uhro with the album Love Crisis on Third World in 1977. During the early 1980s, the renamed band released five albums on Island Records, followed by a late-decade run of titles on Real Authentic Sound. Members: Derrick “Duckie” Simpson , Rudolph “Garth” Dennis […]

Augustus Pablo

Augustus Pablo — aka Horace Swaby (June 21, 1954 — May 18, 1999) — was a Jamaican dub/reggae melodica player, keyboardist, and deejay who released a handful of singles on Aquarius, Ackee, and Hot Stuff during the early 1970s, followed by a run of albums on Nationwide, Message, Greensleeves, and numerous other labels during the […]

Crack of Dawn

Crack of Dawn were a soul-funk band from Kingston, Jamaica, that settled in Toronto, Ontario, during the mid-1970s. In 1976, the band released a self-titled album with accompanying singles on Canadian CBS, followed in 1981 by a second album on TTR. Members: Jackie Gabriel (vocals), Rupert “Ojiji” Harvey (rhythm guitar), Trevor Daley (trombone), Mark Smith […]

Chain Reaction

Chain Reaction was a Jamaican-Brit soul trio that released the album Indebted to You in 1977 on Gull. A later album, Chase a Miracle, appeared in 1981 on Congress Productions. Members: Dave Barker, Bobby Davis, Bruce Ruffin Chain Reaction formed in 1975 by three Jamaican singers living in the UK. Discography: Indebted to You (1977) […]