Legendary Reggae singer Johnny Osbourne
Johnny Osbourne (born Errol Osbourne, 1948) is a popular Jamaican reggae
and dancehall singer, who rose to success in the late 1970s and mid 1980s.
His album Truths and Rights was a notable roots reggae success, and featured "Jah Promise" and the album's title track, "Truths and Rights".
However, he is probably best known for his mid 1980s dancehall reggae
hits "Buddy Bye" (based on King Jammy's Sleng Teng riddim), "Ice Cream
Love" and "Water Pumping".
During 1967 Johnny Osbourne became lead vocalist of The Wildcats, and
recorded for producer Winston Riley, although nothing was issued.
The Wildcats' manager then financed a session at Coxsone Dodd's Studio One,
from which his debut single, "All I Have Is Love", was released. In
1969 he recorded an album, Come Back Darling, again for Riley.
the day that he completed the album, Osbourne emigrated to Toronto,
Canada, to join his family. After singing with various soul and reggae
groups, he became lead vocalist for Ishan People, and recorded two
albums with them. The group broke up in 1979, and Osbourne decided to
return to Jamaica.
Shortly after returning, he recorded "Forgive
Them" and "Jealousy, Heartache And Pain" for the Studio One label.
Through late 1979 and early 1980 he recorded extensively for Dodd, with
these sessions culminating in Truths And Rights.
he also had a hit for King Jammy (then Prince Jammy) with "Folly
Ranking", and an album of the same name followed in 1980. The success of
these recordings made him one of the most in-demand vocalists on the
island, and a glut of material was released, including Fally Lover,
Warrior, Innah Disco Style and Never Stop Fighting, between 1980 and
In 1983, he began the year with two big hits, "Yo Yo" and
"Lend Me A Chopper", and later in the year enjoyed further success with
"Water Pumping", an adaptation of Hopeton Lewis' "Take It Easy", which
had also served as the basis for Johnny Clarke's 1976 hit "Rockers Time
The hits continued with "Get Cracking", "Check For You",
"Rewind" (1984), "Buddy Bye", "No Sound Like We" and "In The Area"
(1985). In the late 1980s he was particularly successful when recording
for Bobby Digital, and had hits with "Good Time Rock" (1988) and "Rude
Boy Skank" (1988), both of which are included on his 1989 album, Rougher
Throughout the 1980s he continued to record for
Coxsone Dodd, and singles included "Keep That Light", "Unity" and "A We
Run Things", but a long-promised second album from Dodd has not
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