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March 3, 2006: Delroy Wilson
Once again, one of those old time singers that formed the foundations of reggae music. Delroy Wilson had a story like many other legends, starting off with a ska tune for Coxsone Dodd in 1963 aimed at Prince Buster. The tune, "Joe Liges" was written by a young guy named Lee Perry (you might have heard of him.) Delroy went on to see his first album "I Shall Not Remove" released in 1966. Throughout his career, he covered many soul tunes from artists in the states, and made a name for himself in this vein.
Now, here's where I am going to criticize the man. For me, most of the time when I hear a Delroy Wilson tune, I want to skip to the next tune. Delroy Wilson had a tendency to try to imitate souls singers, but with a very cheesy effect. To me, it sounds like a Elvis kind of swagger that would fit right in for Las Vegas lounge act.
That being said, I try to find the gems that he did create for this two hour excursion into his tunes. Starting it off, one of my favorite tunes Keith Hudson laid down, "The Exile Song" a remake of (something). Throughout the show, I also play a bunch of tunes that other artists later covered. Despite the hesitation I feel about Delroy Wilson, I give him the Selection from Iman for you to judge for yourself.