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Welton Irie

b. Welton Dobson, 1961, Jamaica, West Indies. Welton began his career performing as, simply, Welton, chanting on Big John’s Stereophonic Sound (later known as Echo Tone Hi Fi) in 1976. He initially emulated his hero Ranking Trevor, sometimes proving indistinguishable. Welton built up a hardcore group of devotees, enabling him to introduce young talent to the sound. One of Welton’s protégés was General Echo, who, alongside Big John and Flux, was inexplicably gunned down by police in Kingston. Welton moved to the Gemini sound, notable for allowing Yellowman to make his debut on the sound system circuit in a clash with Jack Ruby’s Hi Power sound. Following his departure to the Virgo sound, Johnny Ringo stepped in and Welton performed alongside the Lone Ranger. Welton and the Lone Ranger began their recording careers as a duo with Coxsone Dodd at Studio One, performing in a style similar to Michigan And Smiley. It was at this time that Welton added Irie to his name following a recommendation from Dodd. The duo recorded a version of ‘Joe Frazier’ for ‘Big Fight’ and echoed Bob Marley with ‘Chase Them Crazy’. The partnership was short-lived, and in the early 80s Welton released a succession of hits for a variety of producers, including ‘The Bomb’ over the Baba Boom rhythm and ‘Army Life’, which inspired Yellowman’s preferred interpretation, retitled ‘Soldier Take Over’. A session with Sly And Robbie resulted in the number 1 hit ‘Ballerina’, followed by the equally popular tribute to marijuana, ‘Lambs Bread International’. Welton also demonstrated that he was a proponent of black pride with the unyielding ‘Black Man Stand Up Pon Foot’. Other songs included ‘Parish Connection’, ‘Dance A Cork’, ‘A Weh You Fah’, ‘Serve Me Long’, ‘Jailhouse Affair’, ‘How You Keep A Dance’ and ‘Come Nurse’. By 1983 Welton returned to the Gemini Sound for an international tour alongside Johnny Ringo and Squiddly Ranking.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Dub Club Presents Foundation Come Again

1. Paper And Pen

2. Hard Time

3. Revolution

5. Wicked Dem Drop

6. Every Herbs Man Is A Star

7. Around The World

13. Chant Down Babylon

14. Ride Riddim

15. Hear Me Now Star

17. Black Shadow

18. Selassie I Rule

19. Healing Of The Nation

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Track List: A Dee-Jay Explosion In A Dance Hall Style

1. Modelling Queen

2. Match At The Stadium

3. Herb Man Trafficking

4. This One's Dedicated To You

5. No More War

7. Dreadlocks Party

10. Going Down To Texas

11. Mek We Mash It Up Now

12. The Taxi

13. One Two

14. Countryman

15. Dance A Fe Cork

16. Sugar Daddy

18. Assassinator

19. Too Much Terrorist In The City

20. Push Lady Push

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Track List: Darker Than Blue: Soul From Jamdown 1973-1980

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Track List: Hi-Grade Ganja Anthems Vol. 4

2. Ganja Tea

3. Cali Green

4. I Love Marijuana

5. Weed Fields

6. I Man A Grasshopper

9. Collie Herb Man

11. Puff It

12. Hi Grade

13. Collie Weed

15. Strong Sensi

16. Better Collie

17. Sensimania

18. Bring The Kouchie Come

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