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Half Pint

Dancehall singjay Half Pint recorded some of the genre's early classics during the first half of the '80s. His appeal outside Jamaica was somewhat limited by his willingness to repeat simple musical ideas, but the best of his work was frequently brilliant. He was the first major artist produced by Prince Jammy (later King Jammy), and together they helped establish a lighter, more relaxed, more melodic approach to dancehall that made for an easy transition into the digital ragga era. While Half Pint's subject matter was mostly romantic, he also offered the occasional conscious lyrics, which for a time made him an exception in the dancehall world among both singers and DJs (his vocal delivery contained elements of both styles, but was weighted more toward the former).

Half Pint was born Lindon Roberts (though he's also been credited on albums as Lyndon, Linford, Linton, and London) on November 11, 1961. He grew up in the Rose Lane area of West Kingston, and earned his future stage name early on for his small size. He first sang in his school choir, and after finishing school in 1976, he set about trying to break into the music industry. He paid his dues by touring with various sound systems for several years, and in 1983, he finally landed a shot in the recording studio with Prince Jammy, then a protégé of King Tubby who was just starting to establish his own career. Half Pint's debut single, "Sally," was released that year, and its follow-up, "Winsome," became his first hit. More hits -- chiefly for Jammy -- followed over the next two years: "Money Man Skank," "One in a Million," "One Big Family," "Pouchie Lou," the socially conscious "Mr. Landlord," and the all-time dancehall classic "Level the Vibes." His first mini-album, Money Man Skank, appeared in Jamaica in 1984, and was followed by the U.K.-only LP One in a Million later that year.

In 1985, Half Pint accompanied Sly & Robbie on their international Taxi Gang tour, and subsequently cut several singles for them: the hit "Night Life Lady," "Hold On," and "World Inflation." Later that year, he moved on to work with producer George Phang, which resulted in his signature song, "Greetings." A pacesetter for the new ragga style (i.e., all-digital productions), "Greetings" was an enormous hit and stills ranks as a dancehall classic. Half Pint followed it with another classic in "Cost of Living," and issued an album called Greetings; some of the same territory was covered by the international release Victory, which was titled after his subsequent Jamaican chart-topper. Word of Half Pint's music started to spread beyond reggae fans; in 1986, the Rolling Stones covered his early hit "Winsome" on their Dirty Work album, under the new title "Too Rude."

With dancehall tastes shifting toward slack and violent material by the late '80s, Half Pint found his bright, amiable style slipping behind the times. He continued to record steadily, but his commercial success declined at a rapid pace. He was able to recapture the public's attention in 1992 thanks to the smash hit "Substitute Lover," which took its place among his finest singles. However, he spent much of the rest of the '90s away from the recording studio, during which time several compilations were released (including VP's eponymous set from 1997, which covered many of his best-known songs). Meanwhile, another rock band covered one of his songs -- this time Sublime, with their 1996 version of "Loving." Half Pint finally returned to action with 1998's full-length Legal We Legal, and followed it two years later with Closer to You. ~ Steve Huey
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Forever I'll Be Free (Single)

1. Forever I'll Be Free

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Track List: Vinyl Days (Dancehall Teach Me Everything)

2. Greetings

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Track List: Come Alive

1. Cost Of Living

2. Victory

3. Level The Vibes

4. She's Mine

5. Desperate Lover

6. Night Life Lady

7. Come Alive

8. When One Gone

9. Mama

10. She's Gone

11. I Don't Like It

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Track List: Essential Roots Anthology

Disc 1

1. Greetings

2. Pouchie Lou

3. Winsome

4. Don’t Close The Door

5. Loving

6. Officer

7. Great Stone

8. She's Gone

9. Victory

10. Give Me Some Loving

11. Mary Long Tongue

12. If I Had A Hammer

13. Pick Your Choice

14. Crazy Girl

15. Sally

16. Mr. Landlord

Disc 2

1. Substitute Lover

2. Level The Vibes

3. Political Fiction

4. Too Late

5. One Big Family

6. Too Rude

7. Legal We Legal

8. Pass It On

9. Closer To You

10. Fever

11. Cost Of Living

12. Tell Me

13. One In A Million

14. Unity

15. Never Let Go

16. No Stress Express

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Track List: No Stress Express

1. Unity

2. My Best Friend's Girl

3. Just Be Good

4. Never Let Go

5. Suzie

6. Blessing Darling

7. Sweet Thing

8. Madonna

9. Bless Us

10. Children Of His Majesty

11. Mind Over Matter

12. No Stress Express

13. Bad Boy

14. A Girl Like You

15. Babylon Release The Chain

16. Just Be Good

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Track List: One In A Million

1. One In A Million

2. One Big Ghetto

3. You Lick Me First

4. What More Can I Really Do

5. Milky Highway

6. Mr. Landlord

7. Roots Man

8. Pick Your Choice

9. Puchie Lou

10. Tell Me Little Girl

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Track List: Closer To You

1. Closer To You (Featuring Sollange)

2. Queen Of Heart

3. Fever

4. Make It Work

5. Paulett And Sharon

6. If You Want It

7. Pass It On (Featuring Long Beach Allstars)

8. Love Zone

9. Loving

10. Wanted Man

11. Good And Great

12. One Day

13. Doing It

14. Malfunction

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Track List: Recollection

1. Tell Me

2. Have A Little Faith

3. Winsome

4. Cost Of Living

5. Great Stone

6. Level The Vibes

7. Loving

8. Greetings

9. Too Late

10. When One Gone

11. Legal We Legal

12. Hold On Dub

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Track List: Legal We Legal

1. Legal We Legal

2. The Joker

3. Let We Be

4. You Can Enter

5. Make Haste

6. Malfunction

7. Straight From The Heart

8. One Big Family

9. Too Rude

10. Life Worth Living

11. Reggae Rising

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Track List: Pick Your Choice

1. Give Me Some Loving

2. Money Man Skank

3. Pouchie Lou

4. Mr. Landlord

5. If I Had A Hammer

6. Mary Long Tongue

7. One In A Million

8. One Big Ghetto

9. You Lick Me First

10. What More Can I Do

11. Milky Highway

12. Come Let's Get It On

13. Tell Me Little Girl

14. Pick Your Choice

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Track List: Watch Me Grow

1. Boom-N-Hydraulics

2. At The Mall

3. One Leg Up

4. Watch Me Grow

5. Bass For Your Face

6. Some Will, Some Won't, Next !!!

7. Booties Droppin

8. Daily Legenda

9. Better Than Me

10. School Daze

11. Lil "Ole' Me

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Track List: 20 Super Hits (Digitally Remastered)

1. Greetings

2. Brother Love

3. Living Is Hard

4. Political Fiction

5. Dancehall Vibes

6. Level The Vibes

7. Don't Close The Door

8. Loving

9. Hold On

10. Too Late

11. Cost Of Living

12. Heartbreaker

13. Night Life Lady

14. Dealing With Me

15. Look Before You Leap

16. Winsome

17. Get Ready

18. Great Stone

19. Officer

20. One Big Family

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Track List: Greetings From Half Pint

1. Brother Love

2. Greetings

3. Living Is Hard

4. Heart Breaker

5. Loving

6. Don't Close The Door

7. Sounds Of Reality

8. Jah Don't Love That

10. Get Ready

11. Level The Vibes

12. One Big Family

13. Great Stone

14. Long Lost Lover

15. Too Late

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one of my favorite dancehall singers..... B o o m !
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natashawrigh t 6 1
Love this song an old vibe but, a classic. Put you in the mood to be hugged with someone special.
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Flow crew is back again. And is music what is this
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Half Pint a big artist from the eighties..
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Sweet Riddim and appropriate voice makes Reggae the best music ever!
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Big sound chune! JAH know!!
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Got to move to this song!! BIG TUNE!!
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vdrichards18
Big chuuuunnn!!!
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Ever fresh music
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I mean pint
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I love half pont
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Awsome i love it
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Down with half pint music
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Big. Tunne
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just ease up naw landlord :)
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luv it!!!!!!!!!! !
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love this song
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ras_dada
real meditation sounds
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great stuff.try to find his show with long beach dub allstars.kil l e r version of greetings
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I Love this sound....mid 80's singy singy stylee with mad flava!, half pint, cocoa tea, pinchers, and of course tenor saw!
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jarmenta024
whats up with no bio. on Half Pint... Great music to get irie to.

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