DERRICK HARRIOTT


Artist


REGGAE

Derrick Harriott is one of Jamaicas most talented producers, as well as a successful recording artist in his own right. His singing career began whilst still at school, and in the late ‘50s he formed  the Jiving Juniors (with Eugene Dwyer, Herman Sang and Maurice Winter) who had a number of hits before Harriott decided to pursue a solo career.Harriott set up his own label, Crystal, in order to release his own recordings, and his earlier successes continued, with a string of hits throughout the ’60s and ‘70s, including “I Care”, “What Can I Do?” and “Message From A Black Man”.

The 1980s were a quieter time for Harriott the artist, although he continued to release material, including a number of covers of soul songs with the Motown style that had influenced some of his earlier hits now providing Harriott with fresh material in which to reach a new audience. During the ‘90s Harriotts music began to experience a revival, and Derrick continued to release albums worth of new material as well as reissues of his older productions to take advantage of this new interest.

As a producer, Derrick is one of the godfathers of the reggae scene, being partly responsible for the creation of dub music alongside King Tubby, with whom he worked in the ‘70s, issuing The Crystalites Scrub-A-Dub album, widely recognised as one of the first dub albums, as well as other hit records such as Dennis Browns Super Reggae and Soul Hits and Winston McAnuffs Pick Hits to Click.
As well as all this, Derrick still found time to run a busy record store in Kingston, which still continues to this day, making him well-placed at the centre of the scene.

Derrick continues to perform worldwide, playing at Toronto’s notable Legends of Ska festival and his own Derrick Harriott’s Reggae Hop shows where he showcases some of the best new reggae groups as well as his own tunes.