Thursday, June 09, 2016

Day 222 of 365 Day Jamaican Music Challenge - Harry J All Stars - The Arcade Walk

The late Harry Zephaniah Johnson AKA Harry J was a producer and recording studio owner who got his start by creating his own Harry J label in 1968.  Johnson had a deal with Coxsone Dodd to use Studio One's facilities where he produced Lloyd Robinson's "Cuss Cuss," which became his first hit and one of the most popular riddims in Jamaica for decades to follow.  In 1969 Harry J hit it big with "The Liquidator," a tune recorded by Ranny Williams and The Hippy Boys which Harry J remixed with Winston Wright's organ and it shot to Number 9 on the UK Singles Chart to became a skinhead reggae classic.  A multitude of Harry J All Stars instrumental productions, most heavy on the Winston Wright organ, followed with similar popular appeal.  In 1972, Johnson sold his record store, moved out of Studio One and established Harry J Studio where he went on to record an amazing line-up of artists from Bob Marley & The Wailers to Burning Spear to Augustus Pablo to nearly everyone in between.  Today's track is called "The Arcade Walk" and it comes from the 2003 compilation CD from Trojan called Liquidator; The Best Of The Harry J Allstars.  Dig it!  And thanks to my friends at Reggae Fever for the correction on the Liquidator background!

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