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Fred Locks

b. Stafford Elliot, c.1955, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Hair started his sporadic documenting profession as an associate from the Lyrics, who documented tracks such as for example ‘A Obtain It’, ‘Young ladies Like Dirt’, and ‘Hear THE ACTUAL Old Man State’ for Coxsone Dodd in the past due 60s, ‘Provide Praises’ for Randy’s, as well as the self-financed ‘Sing A Long’, both in 1971. The Lyrics disbanded quickly afterwards, and Hair, discouraged by having less financial praise endemic towards the Jamaican music business, immersed himself in the Rasta beliefs, which was at that time attaining significant surface among Jamaica’s ghetto youngsters, and he retired to live a spartan life on the seaside at Harbour Watch. During this time period, Hair allowed his dreads to develop to a formidable duration – therefore his nickname – and continuing to write music, among which, a prophetic Garveyite eyesight of repatriation entitled ‘Dark Celebrity Liners’, he was persuaded to record by maker Hugh Boothe. Released in 1975 within the Jahmikmusic label in Jamaica, and on Grounation in the united kingdom, ‘Black Celebrity Liners’ struck a resounding chord with the brand new era of Rastafarian youngsters on both islands, propelling Hair to cult position along the way. Two years later on Grounation offshoot Vulcan officially released the long-awaited Dark Star Liners/Accurate Rastaman, a vintage exemplory case of 70s origins Rasta reggae, filled with good songs including previous singles ‘Last Times’ (retitled ‘Period To Modification’) and ‘Wolf Wolf’, and uncooked, guileless vocals. Throughout this time around Hair had been a member from the vocal trio Creation Steppers with Eric Griffiths and Willy Stepper, who was simply releasing singles on the Star FROM THE East label in Jamaica, attaining considerable local achievement with ‘Stormy Night time’ – later on covered at Route One from the Rolands. A different artists recording entitled Like & Harmony presented the title monitor (also a 12-in . in Jamaica) credited to Fred Hair, and ‘Get rid of Nebuchadnezzar’ from the Creation Steppers also emerged, in 1979. In 1980 Hair as well as the Creation Steppers visited the UK for a number of shows and connected up with the famous audio system operator and record maker Lloyd Coxsone, who released several discs by both group and Hair, including the traditional ‘steppers’ ‘Homeward Bound’, ‘Like And Only Like’ and ‘Tone of voice FROM THE Poor’. These and various other tracks were ultimately released on Appreciate And Only Appreciate. Hair moved to the united states in 1982, successfully halting his as well as the Steppers’ profession. Settling in Philadelphia, he immersed himself in the neighborhood Twelve Tribes company, and he documented just sporadically. He reappeared in 1998 over the Exterminator label with the wonderful ‘mindful’ album, Hardly ever Give Up, having a rootsy creation from Philip ‘Fatis’ Burrell. The record included an up to date edition of ‘Dark Star Liners’.

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