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April 25, 2008: Roy Shirley
Roy Shirley got his start in the music industry recording for Simeon Smith, but the single was never released. He ended up moving on to Leslie Kong and scored a hit with his tune "Oh Shirley". After this he linked up with Ken Boothe, Joe White and Chuck Jospehs to for The Leaders, but the group didn't last and he went on to be a founding member of the Uniques, along with Slim Smith and Franklyn White. After his time with the Uniques, he went solo in 1966 and recorded "Hold Them" for Joe Gibbs, what is thought of by many to be the first rocksteady tune. He first attempted to record the tune with Ken Boothe and Slim Smith, but they struggled to deal with the new rhythm, so he did it himself. After a few more singles for Gibbs, he moved o n to Bunny Lee and later produced for himself in 1968. Over the years, Shirley also recorded for Harry Mudie, Winston Sinclair, Alvin Ranglin, Phil Pratt, Jackie Brown, Buster Riley, Lindon Pottinger, Karl Johnson, Ken Lack, George Hargraves, Count Shelly, Errol Dunkley, Lloyd Charmers, Roy Sinclair, Lloyde Clarke, VB Williams and others.
For this show, I start things off with a mix of tunes on Gregory Isaacs' "Thief A Man" riddim, that Roy Shirley just does one cut on, but its enough of an excuse to play this nice run. After that, I don't run to many riddims, as I didn't find many to run, but we take a nice journey through the sounds of Roy Shirley, primarily running through the things that he did with Bunny Lee or self produced.