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Lloyd Parks

b. 26 May 1948, Walton Gardens, Jamaica, West Indies. A renowned singer and bass player, after completing his studies in music, Parks toured the north coast of Jamaica, performing on stage with his uncle. In the late 60s, Parks performed with the Invincibles band, whose personnel at that time also included Ansell Collins (organ), Sly Dunbar (drums) and Bertram ‘Ranchie’ Mclean (guitar). He then teamed up with Wentworth Vernon as half of the vocal duo the Termites, who recorded one album for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One and enjoyed a number of hits produced by Dodd, including ‘Do It Right Now’, ‘Have Mercy Mr Percy’, ‘My Last Love’ and the legendary ‘Rub Up Push Up’. After three years, the duo split and Parks was drafted into the Techniques to replace Pat Kelly, joining Dave Barker and producer Winston Riley. Although he was only in the line-up for a brief period, he was reputed to have sung on the classic ‘You Don’t Care’, which he later recorded as a soloist in a medley of his hits. His solo recording ‘Stars’ was a minor hit but it was his version of ‘Slaving’ that won him international acclaim. The song was used by I. Roy for his classic ‘Black Man Time’ and by Big Youth for ‘Honesty’. He recorded ‘Say You Love Me’ for Riley in 1969, and played bass on Dave And Ansell Collins’ international hits ‘Double Barrel’ (1970) and ‘Monkey Spanner’ (1970). By 1970 he was recording for producers Sonia Pottinger (‘We Will Make Love’) and Harry J. (‘A Little Better’).

In addition to his singing, Parks is also regarded as one of Jamaica’s top bass players and his work in the line-up of Skin Flesh And Bones, alongside Sly Dunbar, Errol Nelson and Bertram ‘Ranchie’ Mclean, is legendary. The group’s cover version of Neil Diamond’s ‘Solitary Man’ was a hit in the reggae chart. He also joined the Thoroughbreds house band, playing Kingston’s Tit-for-Tat club. Parks continued making records in an expressive falsetto/tenor voice for a variety of producers including Glen Brown (‘Slaving’) and Prince Tony Robinson, and when Parks launched his own label in 1973 it was initially distributed from Robinson’s shop. Among his Jamaican hits were the huge smashes ‘Officially’ (1974), ‘Mafia’ (1974), ‘Girl In The Morning’ and ‘Baby Hang Up The Phone’ (1975). Parks continued session work on bass with Skin Flesh and Bones, and by 1976 was playing bass in both the Revolutionaries and Professionals studio bands. When Skin Flesh And Bones evolved into Joe Gibbs’ house band, the Professionals, the group performed on classic mid-70s hits backing Culture, Dennis Brown, Prince Far I, Trinity and the UK number 1 hit for Althea And Donna, ‘Up Town Top Ranking’. The sessions also resulted in a series of dub albums that still enjoy healthy sales. In 1978, he formed We The People Band, recording and touring, principally with Dennis Brown. He continued to combine session work and toured with the same band into the early 90s. He also toured with fellow Studio One veterans Freddie McGregor and Marcia Griffiths. On 25 October 1999 Parks was awarded the Order Of Distinction (Office Class) for his contribution to Jamaican music.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Time A Go Dread

1. Money For Jam

2. Money For Jam Version

3. Push Push

4. Push Version

5. Time A Go Dread

7. Mafia

10. Shake Up Yu Dread

12. Strike

14. Slaving (Every Day)

15. Slaving Version

16. Money Done

17. Doney

18. Famine

19. Come Back Early

21. Girl In The Morning

22. Girl In The Morning Part 2

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Track List: Reggae All Star

1. Ten To One

2. The Conquering Lion

3. Natty Boogie

4. Hooligan

6. Give Love A Try

7. Hallelujah

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Track List: Joe Gibbs & The Professionals: Irie Reggae Hits

1. Come On Little Girl

2. Lovely Lady

6. Danger In Your Eyes

7. I Can't Stand The Rain

8. My Number One

10. The Greatest Love

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Track List: Impact!

1. Woman Of The Ghetto

3. KT88

4. We'll Get Over It

10. Too Late

13. Soul And Inspiration

14. Harvest In The East

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Track List: This Is Crucial Reggae: Funk Party

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Track List: I Am The Upsetter (Box)

Disc 1

7. Return Of Django

8. Check Him Out

10. Return Of The Ugly

11. Rightful Ruler

13. Medical Operation

15. Shocks Of The Mighty

17. Duppy Conqueror

18. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying

20. Place Called Africa

21. Give Me Power

23. Beat Down Babylon

25. Small Axe Version 2 (Aka Shocks '71)

Disc 2

1. Public Enemy Number One

2. Professor Ironside

3. Hot & Cold

5. Preacher Man

7. Babylon's Burning

9. Cow Thief Skank

10. Black Ipa

11. Jungle Lion

12. Bathroom Skank

13. Words

14. Dub Organiser

15. Better Days

16. Station Underground News

17. Rebels Train

18. To Be A Lover

19. Herb Vendor

21. Curly Locks

23. Woman & Money

Disc 3

2. Woman Gotta Have Love

4. Fire Fe The Vatican

5. Roots Train Number One

6. Ital Corner

7. Thanks & Praise

9. I Was Appointed

10. Groovy Situation

12. Know Love

13. Sons Of Slaves

Disc 4

1. Cloak & Dagger

2. Rude Walking

4. Black Panta

9. Fungea

12. Kingdom Of Dub

13. Dubism

14. Lizard Stick

15. Dub Fu Ye Rights

16. Foundation Solid

18. Vampire

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Track List: I Am The Upsetter - The Story Of The Lee "Scratch" Perry Golden Years

Disc 1

1. I Am The Upsetter

2. Set Them Free

3. People Funny Boy

4. Django Shoots First

5. What A Botheration

6. You Crummy

7. Return Of Django

8. Check Him Out

9. Prisoner Of Love

10. Return Of The Ugly

11. Rightful Ruler

12. Clint Eastwood

13. Medical Operation

14. Kill Them All

15. Shock Of Mighty

16. Sipreano

17. Duppy Conqueror

18. Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying

19. Son Of Thunder

20. A Place Called Africa

21. Give Me Power

22. Small Axe

23. Beat Down Babylon

24. All Over

25. Small Axe Version 2 (Aka Shocks '71)

Disc 2

1. Public Enemy Number One

2. Professor Ironside

3. Hot And Cold

4. Back Biter

5. Preacher Man

6. Black Man Time

7. Babylose Burning (Feat. Maxie & Niney)

8. Justice To The People

9. Cow Thief Skank (Feat. The Upsetters)

10. Black IPA

11. Jungle Lion

12. Bathroom Skank

13. Words

14. Dub Organiser

15. Better Days

16. Station Underground News

17. Rebels Train

18. To Be A Lover

19. Herb Vendor

20. Hurts So Good

21. Curly Locks

22. Golden Locks

23. Woman And Money

Disc 3

2. Woman Gotta Have Love

4. Fire Fe The Vatican

5. Roots Train Number One

6. Ital Corner

7. Thanks And Praise

9. I Was Appointed

10. Groovy Situation

12. Know Love

13. Sons Of Slaves

14. Bad Weed

15. City Too Hot

Disc 4

1. Cloak & Dagger (Feat. Tommy McCook)

2. Rude Walking (Feat. Tommy McCook)

3. Caveman Skank

4. Black Panta

5. Flashing Echo

6. Kojak

7. Bush Weed

8. Enter The Dragon

9. Fungea

10. Judgement Day

11. Voodoo Man

12. Kingdom Of Dub

13. Dubism

14. Lizard Stick

15. Dub Fu Ye Rights

16. Foundation Solid

17. Babylon Thief Dub

18. Vampire

19. Lover Dub

20. Huzza Hana

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Track List: The Wonderman Years

Disc 1

1. Keep On Moving

2. Moving Version

3. African Herbman

4. Beat Down Babylon

5. Ital Version

6. Informer Men

7. Alpha & Omega

8. Babylose Burning

9. Give Me Power

11. Sunshine Showdown

12. Tipper Special

13. Brand New Second Hand (Edit)

14. Mighty Clouds Of Joy

15. Professor Ironside

16. Iron Curtain

17. Place Called Africa

18. Africa Stand

20. Jah Rastafari (Aka 'Place Called Africa' Verse 6, Aka 'Wonder Man')

22. Fever

23. Hot And Cold

24. Lick The Pipe, Peter, Pt. 4

25. Preacher Man

26. Preacher Man (Version)

Disc 2

1. King Of Babylon

2. Master Key

3. Key Hole

4. One Love, One Heart

5. French Connection

6. French Connection Chapter 2

7. Black Man Time

8. Cool Iron

9. Dub Organizer

10. Whiplash

11. Good Night My Love

12. At The End (Of A Rainbow)

13. Black IPA

14. IPA Skank

15. Jungle Lion

16. Freak Out Skank

17. Bathroom Skank

18. Start Over

19. Words Of My Mouth

21. Bucky Skank

22. Cow Thief Skank

23. Justice To The People

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Track List: Good Times Skank: Joey Jay (Good Times Sound System)

1. Better Must Come

2. False Leaders

3. Leggo Beast

4. Talk About Love

5. I Can't Wait Too Long

6. Give Thanks & Praise

8. Yim Mas Gan

10. A Ruffer Version

11. Blazing Fire

13. After All

14. Serious

15. Concentration

16. All We Need Is Love

18. The Alien Aborts

20. Stop The War Now

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Track List: The Complete UK Upsetter Singles Collection - Volume 4

Disc 1

1. Alpha & Omega

2. Beat Down Babylon (King Alpha)

5. Mighty Cloud Of Joy

7. Bet You Don't Know

8. Babylon Chapter 5

10. Africa Stand

12. Public Enemy Number One

13. He Who Feels It

17. French Connection

19. Babylon's Burning

20. To Be Your Lover

21. (Festival) Da Da

22. Da Da

23. Master Key

Disc 2

5. Whiplash

8. Keep On Moving

9. African Herbman

10. One Love, One Heart

11. Moving Version

12. Water Pump

14. Preacher Man

16. Puss-See-Hole

17. Want To Be Loved

18. Jungle Lion

19. Freak & Skank

23. Flashing Echo

24. Stranger On The Shore

25. John Devour

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Track List: History Of Trojan Records: 1972-1995, Vol. 2

Disc 1

1. Them A Fe Get A Beatin'

4. Festival Da Da

6. Keep On Moving

7. All That We Need Is Love

8. S90 Skank

9. The Time Has Come

12. Money In My Pocket

14. Loving Pauper

17. Words Of My Mouth

18. Purify Your Heart

20. Stranger On The Shore

21. John Devour

24. Everything I Own

25. Help Me Make It Through The Night

Disc 2

1. Fire Burning

2. Sweet Bitter Love

3. Stalag 17

4. Here I Am Baby

6. Ire Feelings

7. Play De Music

8. Forward Jah Jah Children

9. Jah Jah Bless The Dreadlocks

10. Hurt So Good (Single Version)

12. Duke Of Earl Dub

13. Soldering

14. Keep Cool Babylon

16. Dreadlocks

17. Ram Goat Liver

18. Heavy Manners

20. The People Got To Know

21. Love The Dread

23. You Are The Sun

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Track List: Rebel Music: A Reggae Anthology

1. Step Softly

2. Tonight

3. The Scorcher

4. The Russians Are Coming (Aka Take 5)

5. If I Could Rule This World

6. Upsetter

7. Cuss Cuss

8. Downpressor

10. Hardest Fighter

11. East Of The River Nile (1971 Version)

12. $90 Skank

13. God Helps The Man

14. Concentration

15. Fever

16. Slaving (Every Day)

17. Blackman Time

18. Hypocrite

19. You Don't Know

20. Black, Gold & Green

21. Melody Maker (Single Version)

22. Peter And Judas

23. You Are My Angel

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Track List: Screaming Target

1. Screaming Target

2. Pride & Joy Rock

3. Be Careful

4. Tipper Tone Rock

5. One Of These Fine Days

6. The Killer

7. Solomon A Gunday

8. Honesty

9. I Am Alright

10. Lee A Low

11. K.G.'s Half Way Tree

12. Origan Style

13. Screaming Target (Version 2)

14. Pride & Ambition

15. Their Own Way

16. Try Me

17. Tipper Tone Rocking (Version 2)

18. Rhythm Style

19. One One Cocoa

20. Skylarking (Version)

21. Anywhere But Nowhere (Version)

22. Slaving (Every Day)

23. No More Slavery

24. I'm Alright (aka Loving Pauper)

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