Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Day 178 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Brigadier Jerry - Home Guard Take Over
Brigadier Jerry, born Robert Russell, originally linked-up with U-Roy's King Stur-Gav Hi-Fi and got his first turn at the mic as, if you can believe this, a stand-up comedian. He switched gears by deejaying with a couple sound systems before becoming a member of the 12 Tribes of Israel in 1978 and performing with Jah Love Muzik. Unlike a lot of deejays from the era, Briggy's fame wasn't earned on vinyl, his cultural lyrics and ability to skillfully ride any riddim made him one of the most in-demand performers in Jamaica. He cut his first tracks at Studio One in the early 80s and had his first big hit "Pain" on Delroy Stansbury's Jwyanza label in 1982. Today's tune "Home Guard Take Over" recorded at Channel One and mixed at King Tubby's was also released in 1982 on the Isis label. Dig it!