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Tyrone Taylor

Although Jamaican singer Tyrone Taylor recorded in a series of styles and genres rooted in the Caribbean tradition, he remains best known for 1983's soulful lovers rock ballad "Cottage in Negril." Born in rural St. Elizabeth in 1957, Taylor cut his first record at just 12, lending his rich, emotive voice to the Joe Gibbs-produced "Delilah." Although the song was later issued overseas as the flip side of the Dennis Walks hit "Having a Party," Taylor was less than pleased with the end result and briefly teamed with singer Vince Brown in the Soul Menders. His initial struggles forced him to question the realities of a career in music, and he spent the next several years learning a series of instruments under local session players, chief among them the legendary guitarist Willie Lindo, who encouraged Taylor to return to singing. In 1972 he resurfaced in the Soul Twins, cutting the anthems "Don't Call Me N**ga" and "Rastafari Ruler" for producer Clancy Eccles before resuming his solo career with a series of little-noticed singles including "Fight It Blackman." Taylor first earned significant attention and airplay in 1975 under the wing of producer Jack Ruby, scoring a series of well-received hits including "Life Table" and "I'd Like to Know." With 1977's Niney the Observer-produced "Sufferation," he scored his biggest and most memorable single to date, earning a special King Tubby remix in the process. After a series of middling follow-ups, including "Can't Stop Rastaman Now," a reggae rewrite of the McFadden & Whitehead disco classic "Ain't No Stopping Us Now," Taylor self-produced "Cottage in Negril" in 1981. Inspired by both a failed romance and the recent rise to power of the conservative Labor party, complete with the sounds of cocaine snorts between verses, the single slowly but surely emerged as a chart blockbuster, and two years later was picked up for international distribution by MCA. However, the follow-up single, "Pledge to the Sun," bombed, and MCA shelved a proposed LP. In the meantime, Taylor's struggles with drug addiction grew even more serious, and in the decade to follow he recorded only sporadically, generating some notice in 1987 via "Members Only" and "Be for Real." Lindo stepped in to produce 1993's full-length The Way to Paradise, widely celebrated as a return to creative form, and a year later Taylor teamed with producer Clive Hunt for the hit "Rainy Sunset." But Taylor never conquered his personal demons, eventually suffering a handful of strokes and spending the remainder of his life confined to a wheelchair; he died of prostate cancer in Kingston on December 1, 2007. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Niney The Observer: Roots With Quality

Disc 1

1. Blood & Fire

2. Whole Lot Of Fire

5. Rascal Man (False Rasta)

6. Rasta No Born Yah

7. Guess Who's Coming To Dinner/Clap The Barber

8. Way To Reason

9. Bring The Couchie Come

10. I Need Your Loving

11. Rock On

12. Silver Words

13. My Baby Is Gone

14. Here I Come

15. Jah Come Here

16. Warrior

18. Every Natty

19. Weeping

20. Sufferation

Disc 2

1. Wolf & Leopards/Nosey Joe

2. Slave Master/Captives

3. Chant It Down

4. Jah Is My Light

5. No More Will I Roam [Extended]

6. Materialist

8. Prophecy Call

10. I Jah I

11. Slave Call

12. Temptation, Botheration & Tribulation

14. Tease My Love

15. Lover's Race

16. Mr. Sun

17. Thank You Mama

18. Lover's Rock J.A. Style

19. Sweets For My Sweet

20. Money Friend

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Track List: Calypsoul 70: Caribbean Soul

1. The Little You Say

2. It's A Feeling

3. A Ver Que Sale

4. Calypsoul

5. Yo Tink It Sorf

6. Negril

7. Magic Fever

8. Disco Groove

9. Independent Bahamas

10. Move Up Blackman

11. 90% Of Me Is You

12. Raycan

13. Guanavaco

14. You Don't Love Me

15. Woman

16. We See Jah

17. Freedom In Africa

18. Blackness Of Darkness

19. Red Light Lady

20. Of My Hands

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Track List: Penthouse Flashback Series: Male Singers, Vol. 2

1. Conscious Lover

2. Education Is The Key

3. Come Fi Mash It

4. Crying Time

5. Blood Money

6. Mr. Big Man

7. Born To Love You

8. Bring Me Your Love

9. Greatest Love

10. Equal Rights

11. Run From Progress

12. Where Is Your Clothes

13. Bodyguard

14. Day Oh

15. Every Tongue Shall Tell

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Track List: Songs For Reggae Lovers Vol. 4

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Track List: Total Reggae: Summer Vibes

1. Everything I Own

2. This Is Reggae Music

3. Money In My Pocket

4. Electric Boogie

5. Uptown Top Ranking

6. Night Nurse

7. Fattie Bum Bum

8. Gal Wine

10. Love So Nice

11. OK Fred

12. No Letting Go (Smooth Summer Mix)

13. Pass The Kouchie

14. Big Up (Feat. Rayvon)

15. Cottage In Negril

16. Oh Carolina

18. Winsome

19. Hello Darling

20. Cherry Oh Baby

22. Penny For Your Song

24. Bam Bam

25. Telephone Love

26. Humanity

27. Fever

29. Red Red Wine

33. Sun Is Shining

34. Three Little Birds

35. Jamaica

36. Every Day Is Just A Holiday

37. Nice It Nice

38. Beach Party

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Track List: Various Trojan Mod Reggae Collection

1. Ali Baba

2. Country Town

3. Riverton City

4. Fat Man

5. C N Express

6. Nevada Joe

7. Running Around

9. Rum-Bum-A-Loo

11. Step Softly

12. The Man (AKA Man To Man)

13. Lucky Seven

14. Oh Babe (Sick And Tired)

15. Sweet Soul Music

16. Thunderball

17. Renegade

20. (Music Is My) Occupation

21. Lonely Feeling (AKA Here Comes That Feeling)

23. Dr. Kitch

24. Just Tell Me

25. Gun Fever

26. I'm In A Jam

27. Delilah

28. Bombshell

29. Good Time Rock

30. Kitch You're So Sweet

31. Storm Warning

33. The Ugly One (AKA Lee Van Cleef)

35. A Yuh (Hey You)

37. Gun Man Coming To Town

38. Lonely Days

39. Stranger In Town

40. I Am Coming Home

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