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Rupie Edwards

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Jamaica’s even more eccentric companies get all of the glory, nonetheless it was the much less flamboyant Rupie Edwards who probably made the largest effect on the island’s music picture. Because the inventor from the one-riddim record, and the first ever to popularize dub overseas, the singing manufacturer signposted reggae’s route for posterity. Rupie was created in Goshen, Jamaica, on July 4, 1945, and his family members transferred to Kingston when he was 13. Talent displays beckoned, as do a profession being a mechanic, however the vocalist was still in his teenagers when he trim his debut one, 1962’s “Guilty Convict.” Duos had been extremely popular, and Edwards became a member of pushes with Junior Menz because the Ambassadors, after that added Dobby Dobson to generate the vocal trio the Virtues. Their singles had been sporadic, therefore Rupie considered self-production in 1966, self-producing four from the Virtues’ quantities, and a couple of single slashes. By 1968 Edwards acquired had more than enough, and released his own Achievement label and record store, located at 136 1/2 Orange Road. Achievement’ name quickly became a self-fulfilling prophecy, using the reggae period splattered using its strikes. Given his great, warm tenor, Edwards’ blast of single singles marketed well, but he produced his real tag along with his productions of others. Veterans and stars-to-be both transferred through his doorways during the following few years, included in this the Heptones, Bob Andy, Errol Dunkley, the Ethiopians, Joe Higgs, Dobby Dobson, and Dennis Alcapone. Edwards acquired an hearing for new skill, documenting the Concords, so when the group folded, a single Gregory Isaacs. He had taken the Mighty Diamond jewelry into the studio room for the very first, and provided Johnny Clarke his initial strike, 1973’s “Everyday Wandering.” And the singing maker had a heart stroke of motivation, turning “Wandering” into an absolutely strange but amazing proto-dub piece entitled “Ire Emotions (Skanga).” It got Britain by surprise, spinning its strange web in to the Top Ten, using its follow-up, “Leggo Skanga,” simply missing the very best 30. Edwards’ prescience didn’t end there. In 1974 the style for remodeling older melodies had currently taken hold, as well as the maker now got that idea to a complete fresh level. The Yamaha Skank recording was constructed around an individual riddim — “My Discussion” — and presented vocal slashes, DJ variations, and instrumentals. Few people grasped the idea at that time, however they would…ultimately. Meanwhile, “Skanga”‘s achievement saw the discharge of 1974’s Go with Strikes compilation, with Edwards’ personal debut recording, 1975’s Ire Emotions (never to become puzzled with the one-riddim recording Ire Emotions: Section & Edition), arriving in 1975, accompanied by 1976’s Jamaica Serenade. At that time, Edwards had currently immigrated to Britain, where he continuing turning out singles from the rating with famous brands Jah Woosh and Shorty the Chief executive, in addition to new slashes from Dunkley and Dobson. His result slowed when his U.K. label, Cactus, shut store, and in the brand new decade he remaining reggae behind for Christian music. Lately, however, Edwards offers appeared to his substantial back again catalog, reissuing shows across some excellent compilations.

Quick Facts


Full Name Rupie Edwards
Date Of Birth July 4, 1945
Profession Music Producer
Music Songs Ire Feelings, Free the Weed, Leggo Skanga, Buckshot Dub, Feeling High, Dr. Satan's Echo Chamber, Spangy, Long Lost Love, I'm Gonna Live Some Life, My Little Red Top, Christmas Rush, Love Is a Wonderful Wicked Thing, Uncertain Love, Oh Black People, Music Alone Shall Live, Standing With Jesus, Promoters Grouse, Take Your Troubles to Jesus, A Little Piece At a Time, Girl I Really Really Love You, Lord I Wanna Thank You, Sey Me 'Nah' Burn, Jesus Put Me Back On My Feet, Sweet Gospel 'Medley', Bible Lesson / Jesus I Give Myself to You, Titanic, Give Your Heart to Jesus, The LORD's Prayer / The 23rd Psalms Praise the Lord, Deep in My Heart, Rupie: Ire Feelings, I Pray Thee Lord Jesus, Yes Jesus Live Here
Albums Bible Music Citation - Sweet Gospel, Vol. 11, Sweet Gospel, Vol. 6, The Best of Sweet Gospel, Vol. 1-2

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