Sunday, April 24, 2016

Day 176 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Johnny Ringo - Rub A Dub Style

Up next in the 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge is a nice tune by Bradley Miller AKA Johnny Ringo called "Rub A Dub Style" and it comes from a 12" on the Observers label... and it's the perfect track to start off an entire week of deejay tunes from the rub a dub era!  Johnny Ringo was working in a record shop in the late 70's where he met Welton Irie, another DJ breaking into the scene around the same time, and the two formed an association that carried them throughout the heyday of the rub-a-dub era. Both Ringo and Irie were heavily influenced by the style of the often under appreciated Ranking Trevor and they modeled some of their styles of phrasing and delivery after him.
Ringo was the operator for two sound systems Soul Express and Rippa-Tone, and eventually made the leap to vinyl in 1979 with the song "Trouble Never Set Like Rain" backed by the Revolutionaries and released on the Reggae Vibes label.

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