setlists

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.


SongArtistAlbumRiddimProducer
1Intro(none)
2Rasta BusinessGregory IsaacsExtra ClassicRasta Business: Gregory IsaacsGregory Isaacs
3Rasta Business Dub WiseGregory IsaacsExtra ClassicRasta Business: Gregory IsaacsGregory Isaacs
4Thief A ManGregory IsaacsCool Ruler: The Definitive CollectionRasta Business: Gregory Isaacs / Gimme Me Gun: Dr. AlimantadoGregory Isaacs
5Gimme Mi GunDr AlimantadoBest Dressed Chicken In TownRasta Business: Gregory Isaacs / Gimme Me Gun: Dr. AlimantadoW Thompson
6Bubble UpRoy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Rasta Business: Gregory Isaacs / Gimme Me Gun: Dr. Alimantado
7Don't Be Afraid (Of The Dark)Roy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Don't Be Afraid (Of The Dark): Roy ShirleyRoy Shirley
8When You Are YoungRoy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Don't Be Afraid (Of The Dark): Roy ShirleyPhil Pratt
9Music Is The KeyRoy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Music Is The Key: Roy ShirleyJoe Gibbs
10Music FieldRoy ShirleyThe Bunny 'Striker' Lee StoryMusic Field: Roy ShirleyBunny 'Striker' Lee
11When I Was A Little GirlTt RoseThe Bunny 'Striker' Lee StoryMusic Field: Roy ShirleyBunny 'Striker' Lee
12Move All DayRoy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Move All Day: Roy ShirleyBunny 'Striker' Lee
13Prayer From The Priest (Part 1)Roy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Praise From The Priest: Roy ShirleyRoy Shirley
14Prayer From The Priest (Part 2)Roy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Praise From The Priest: Roy ShirleyRoy Shirley
15Power PackJoe Gibbs & the ProfessionalsAfrican Dub All Mighty Ch. 3 & 4Drum SongJoe Gibbs
16The Facts Of LifeRoy ShirleyYour Musical PriestFacts Of Life: UniquesBunny 'Striker' Lee
17GirlieRoy ShirleyYour Musical PriestFacts Of Life: UniquesBunny 'Striker' Lee
18Unity DubHorace AndyUnity ShowcaseDrum Song
19CallingRoy Shirley & Ken BootheTrojan Ska Box Set Vol 2Calling: Roy Shirley & Ken BootheLindon Pottinger
20Keep Your Eyes On The RoadRoy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Keep Your Eyes On The Road: Roy ShirleyBunny 'Striker' Lee
21Be GoodRoy ShirleyExplosive Rock Steady: Joe Gibbs' Amalgamated Label 1967-1973Be Good: Roy ShirleyJoe Gibbs
22Good Is Better Than BadRoy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Good Is Better Than Bad: Roy ShirleyBunny 'Striker' Lee
23Golden FestivalRoy ShirleyBaba Boom: Musically Intensified Festival SongsGolden Festival: Roy ShirleyRoy Shirley
24Fantastic LoverRoy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Fantastic Lover: Roy ShirleyBunny 'Striker' Lee
25Freedom FestivalRoy ShirleyBaba Boom: Musically Intensified Festival SongsFreedom Festival: Roy ShirleyRoy Shirley
26Good AmbitionRoy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Good Ambition: Roy ShirleyBunny 'Striker' Lee
27If I Did KnowRoy ShirleyA Place Called Jamaica Part 2If I Did Know: Roy ShirleyBunny 'Striker' Lee
28Dance The ReggayRoy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Dance The Reggay: Roy ShirleyJj Johnson
29I Like Your SmileRoy ShirleyTrojan Rare Grooves Box SetI Like Your Smile: Roy ShirleyJj Johnson
30Bright LifeRoy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Bright Life: Roy ShirleyRoy Shirley
31Drum SongWillie Lindo & The Charmers BandJamaican Serenades Vol 10Drum Song
32Bright Life (Aka Think About The Future)Roy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Bright Life: Roy ShirleyRoy Shirley
33Musical WarRoy ShirleySir Lee's Rock Steady Party at Buckingham PalaceMusical War: Roy ShirleyBunny 'Striker' Lee
34My BrideRoy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)My Bride: Roy ShirleyRoy Shirley
35Touch ThemRoy ShirleySir Lee's Rock Steady Party at Buckingham PalaceTouch Them: Roy ShirleyBunny 'Striker' Lee
36Flying ReggayRoy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Flying Reggay: Roy ShirleyRoy Shirley
37Rolling RollingRoy ShirleySir Lee's Rock Steady Party at Buckingham PalaceRolling Rolling: Roy ShirleyBunny 'Striker' Lee
38On Board (AKA Ethiopians)Roy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)On Board (AKA Ethiopians): Roy ShirleyRoy Shirley
39Dance ArenaRoy ShirleySir Lee's Rock Steady Party at Greenwich FarmDance Arena: Roy ShirleyBunny 'Striker' Lee
40Don't Do ThatRoy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Don't Do That: Roy ShirleyRoy Shirley
41Warming Up The SceneRoy ShirleySir Lee's Rock Steady Party at Greenwich FarmWarming Up The Scene: Roy ShirleyBunny 'Striker' Lee
42Don't Be Afraid (Of The Dark)Roy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Don't Be Afraid (Of The Dark): Roy ShirleyRoy Shirley
43Thank YouRoy ShirleySir Lee's Rock Steady Party at Greenwich FarmThank You: Roy ShirleyBunny 'Striker' Lee
44Dance Of LoveRoy ShirleyMusic Is The Key (Anthology)Dance Of Love: Roy ShirleyRoy Shirley
45Musical TrainRoy ShirleySir Lee's Rock Steady Party at King's HouseMusical Train: Roy ShirleyBunny 'Striker' Lee
46Drum Song Part 2Clive Hunt & Ras TakashiShocks of Sheba: Drum CommandmentsDrum Song