Johnny Clarke

Genres: Reggae
Descriptive "tags": reggae roots reggae roots dub jamaica Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Official Homepage Wikipedia


January 1955, Jamaica, West Indies. After winning a talent contest at Bull Bay on the south-western coast of Jamaica, Johnny Clarke made his first record, ‘God Made The Sea And Sun’, which flopped. His next two releases for producer Rupie Edwards, ‘Everyday Wandering’ and ‘Julie’, both enjoyed considerable sales in Jamaica and among expatriate communities in the UK, USA and Canada. By 1974 Clarke was working with Bunny Lee in the studios of Treasure Isle, Randy’s and Harry J. , while voicing the finished instrumental tracks at King Tubby’s studio in Kingston’s Waterhouse district. Under Lee’s tutelage during 1975-76, Clarke became the most exciting new singer in Jamaica. His repertoire, an astute mix of militant ‘dread’ tunes and love songs, given a contemporary gloss or ‘style’ by the Aggrovators studio band, found immediate favour with the discerning dancehall patrons of Jamaica and elsewhere....

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