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Paul Blake, Jamaica, West Indies. Blind from birth, Paul had his sight partially restored as a child on a hospital ship. When Stevie Wonder visited Pauls special school, he was encouraged by his school friends and teachers to sing for him. Legend has it that Stevie was so impressed by the youths precocious talent that from that point, Paul Blake decided to make singing his career. He first came to the record-buying publics attention in the early 80s, as Frankie Paul, when he shared the honours with Sugar Minott (one side each) on a Channel One clash album. Minott was already established, while Paul was billed as the up and coming superstar, but it was not long before he became one of the most prolific singers in the history of reggae music. Every producer in dancehall reggae from Jamaica, the USA and the UK queued up for Frankie Paul and his consistency was amazing. Although, at first, the Dennis Brown and Stevie Wonder...