Delroy Wilson

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s


5 October 1948, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, d. 6 March 1995, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Like Dennis Brown and Freddie McGregor, Delroy Wilson was barely out of short trousers when he recorded his debut single for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label. His first hit, ‘Joe Liges’ (1963), was written by Lee Perry, who at the time was working as a talent-spotter, songwriter and singer for Dodd; the track was a lyrical attack on former Dodd employee and now rival, Prince Buster (‘One hand wash the other, but you don’t remember your brother, Joe Liges, Joe Liges, stop criticise’), set to a rollicking early ska rhythm. The record was so popular that his follow-up, ‘Spirit In The Sky’, another Perry-penned barb aimed at Buster, was actually credited to Joe Liges when it was released in the UK on the Blue Beat and Black Swan labels. Delroy went on to cut numerous records in the same vein for Dodd, including ‘One Two...

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