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1952, Westmoreland, Jamaica, West Indies. Washington arrived in Britain in the early 60s and soon became involved in the UK reggae scene. He worked in tour management and played a variety of instruments on various recording sessions. In 1971 he recorded some unreleased material for CBS Records in a group known as Rebel. Other bands who benefited from his professionalism included the Mayfields and the Classics. He performed as a soloist for Count Shelly who recorded Jah Man A Come, a version of the Temptations Papa Was A Rolling Stone and Way To Reason. In 1972 Washington was enrolled to sing background harmonies with the Wailers for their Island Records debut Catch A Fire. Bob Marleys encouragement during the sessions proved an inspiration to Washington throughout his career. Further single releases followed including Time Will Stand and Have You Ever Loved Someone. By 1977 Virgin Records were...