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LITTLE ROY


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Earl Lowe (Little Roy) was born, the youngest of nine children, in the Witfield Town area of Kingston, Jamaica on the 25th February 1950. Influenced by his friend Leroy Sibbles (who became lead singer for the Heptones) and his older brother Campbell, the young Earl began writing songs from an early age.

At 13, he found his way into the famous Studio 1 studios and there met Jackie Mittoo, the keyboard godfather of early Jamaican music. Jackie asked Earl to come back the next day and voice a tune over a rhythm. The song became Cool It and was released in 1965 on the Studio 1 label. Then the youth met Prince Buster, who renamed him Little Roy, and together they produced the first two Little Roy records.

By 1969, Little Roy was recording with Lloyd Daley whose Matador label was one of Jamaicas most succesful and, it was at this time, that Little Roy recorded the rasta song "Bongo Nyah", which became a number 1 in Jamaica and inspired many versions and covers.

By 1969, Little Roy was recording with Lloyd Daley whose Matador label was one of Jamaicas most succesful and, it was at this time, that Little Roy recorded the rasta song "Bongo Nyah", which became a number 1 in Jamaica and inspired many versions and covers.

By the end of the 70s, he was trying a dancehall style and had recorded Long Time Rock Steady and Skanking on the Banking for Herman Chin-Loys Selection Exclusive label in New York. But in 1981 he returned to the roots with a Channel One-produced first album Columbus Ship on the Copasetic label.

During the 80s Roy recorded little but in 1989, the album Prophesy was released, featuring all the old hits but with some new versions of the originals. During the 90s, Little Roy teamed up with On-U Sound boss Adrian Sherwood, worked with Sinead OConnor and released the album Longtime and, in 1999, on Ronnie Lions label, the album More From A Little. Both albums featured a mixture of new cuts and new versions of songs from his back catalogue.

A litte later, the Pressure Sounds label (which had arisen from the On-U Stable), released the Tafari Earth Uprising(1996) compilation of most of Little Roys 70s hits ("Bongo Nyah" is a notable exception). Prophecy is the most well-known track but the album also had Christopher Columbus and the darkly influential Tribal War(with Dennis Brown on bass). Pressure Sounds also released (1999) Packing House, a compilation of tracks from the Tafari Syndicate days of the 70s and re-released (2004) the More From A Little album.Still a rootsman, Little Roy has always remained true to the original Rastafarian vision and music. Now resident in the UK, he has just released his new album

DISCOGRAPHY

ALBUMS

Title: Battle For Seattle
Label: Ark Recordings
Release date: 2011

Title: More From A Little
Label: Lion Inc.
Release date: 1999

Title: Longtime
Label: On-U Sound
Release date: 1996

Title: Gregory Isaacs Meets Little Roy - Gregory Isaacs Meets Little Roy
Label: Shumba Records
Release date: 1996

Title: Tafari Earth Uprising
Label: Pressure Sounds
Release date: 1995

Title: Live On
Label: Tafari Productions
Release date: 1991

Title: Prophesy
Label: Tafari Productions
Release date: 1989

Title: Columbus Ship
Label: Copasetic Records
Release date: 1981

SINGLES

Title: Sliver/Dive
Label: Ark Recordings
Release date: 2011

Title: Remember Jah
Label: Heartical
Release date: 2009

Title: Kenny KnotsLittle RoyZion Gate Players - Love And Blessing (Discomix) / Falling Angels / I Love Jah Riddim
Label: Zion Gate Music
Release date: 2007

Title: Stepping In Royalty
Label: Twinkle Music
Release date: 2000

Title: Tribal War
Label: Pressure Sounds
Release date: 2000

Title: It's Only For A While
Label: Twinkle Music
Release date: 1999

Title: Little Roy / Count Ossie - Hard Fighter / Back To Africa
Label: Punch
Release date: 1971

Title: Little Roy / Matador All-Stars - Yester-Me Yester-You Yesterday / Yes Sir
Label: Escort
Release date: 1971

Title: Little Roy / Little Roys, The - You Run Come / Skank King
Label: Camel
Release date: 1970

Title: Scrooge / In The Days Of Old
Label: Camel
Release date: 1970