"Wake the town and tell the people, 'cause this musical disc is coming your way, this is Daddy U Roy."
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U Roy, aka Ewart Beckford, is undoubtedly THE Godfather of all modern deejays. He started his career at the tender age of 16 at Doctor Dickie's Sound System. His career really took off in 1969, while he was the resident deejay for King Tubby's Hi-Fi sound. There he more than often chatted over riddims produced by Duke Reid. Amazed by his live performances King Tubby took him to the studio to cut a few singles for Duke Reid's Treasure Isle label in 1970. His first release was "Wake The Town.". It rocketed to the top of the charts. The follow up was the equally brilliant and succesful "Rule The Nation", followed by "Wear You To The Ball" a couple of weeks later. These three sat on the top of the charts for 12 weeks on Jamaica's 2 radio stations. During the following years he ruled supreme, taking Jamaica (and the rest of the world) by storm, lining up hit after hit. In the late 70's he released 4 wicked albums produced with Prince Tony on Virgin Records.
His Stur Gav Sound System, which features top deejays like Ranking Joe, Charlie Chaplin, U Brown and Josey Wales, ranks among the most popular in Jamaica and frequently tours the US, Japan and the UK.
U Roy's latest album "Rebel In Styylle" is the follow up to his 2001 released album 'Now' album. "Rebel In Styylle" picks up where 'Now' left off, and sees Daddy U Roy performing with reggae household names such as Tony Curtis, Lukie D, Anthony B, Tony Tuff, George Nooks and Thriller U. Just like he did on the "Now" album he joins the vocalist and the combination results in solid performances. The disc kicks off with Sweet Reggae Music, a tune that is not exactly our cup of tea, but the second tune -Step Into My Room sees U Roy and Lukie D in full strength. The song with Tony Tuff comes across the "Real Rock" riddim, and Treasure Your Love is an excellent remake of Freddy McKay's "Love Is A Treasure", here brought in combination with George Nooks. Sweet voiced Tony Curtis joins U Roy on It's Only Jah, a nice rootical tune and Thriller U does the same on Believers In Jah, a remake of Delroy Wilson's "True Believer". Brent Dowe of The Melodians reworks his own tune "Everybody Bawling", with U Roy interjecting his shouts and lyrics. More niceness comes from the combination U Roy and Marie Marie, singing away on Never Leave You, but skip the rock'n'roll tune I Blow Through Here. The album righfully closes with his interpretation of "Soul Rebel" -Run For Cover, wrongly credited to Jacob Miller. Here U Roy delivers a fine piece of music alongside Anthony B.
Daddy U Roy is still going strong, don't ignore this living legend!