Lone Ranger Biography

Anthony Waldron. The Lone Ranger was one of the late 70s’ most lyrically inventive DJs, with a considerable influence on the British school of MCing. Waldron spent a large proportion of his formative years in the UK, which perhaps accounted for his radically different stance, and, like so many others, he began his own recording career at Studio One. Welton Irie partnered him at first, but he soon graduated to working solo, tackling several classic Studio One rhythms, after which he became virtually unstoppable. His version of Slim Smith’s seminal ‘Rougher Yet’, retitled ‘Love Bump’, was a major success. So too was his reading of Smith’s ‘Never Let Go’, a version known as ‘The Answer’, which has become more famous than the original. As top DJ for Kingston’s Virgo Sound, he kept up appearances in the dancehalls and Virgo Hi Fi were voted the top sound of 1980. His recordings for Alvin ‘GG’ Ranglin assured his legendary status. ‘Barnabas Collins’ (about a vampire show on television) included the classic line, ‘chew ya neck like a Wrigley’s’, and was a UK reggae chart number 1 in 1980. His additional work for Winston Riley and Channel One, which included the memorable ‘M16’, proved almost as popular. His tour of the UK that year reiterated that he could perform on stage as well as on record and for the sound systems. His repertoire of strange voices, ‘oinks’ and ‘ribbits’, was widely imitated. Lone Ranger recorded sparingly, sometimes branching out into self-production, like many other DJs, and his catalogue has always been assembled with style, class and a dash of great humour.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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