The Upsetters

Genres: Reggae
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Rainford Hugh Perry, 28 March 1936, Hanover, Jamaica, West Indies, aka Scratch and the Upsetter. Small in stature, but a giant of reggae, Lee Perry began his musical career working for seminal producer Coxsone Dodd during the late 50s and early 60s, acting as a record scout, organizing recording sessions, and later supervising auditions at Dodd’s record shop in Orange Street, Kingston. By 1963, as well as handling production and songwriting for Delroy Wilson (‘Joe Liges’, ‘Spit In The Sky’) and the Maytals, Perry had released the first of his own vocal records through Dodd. Featuring a bluesy, declamatory vocal style over superb backing from the legendary Skatalites, these tracks set a pattern from which Perry, throughout his career, rarely deviated. Social and personal justice, bawdy, sometimes lewd, sexual commentary, and, like the material he wrote for Delroy Wilson, stinging attacks on musical rivals - mainly former Coxsone employee...

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