Rub A Dub Style – Preamble

Rub-a-Dub Style: The Roots of Modern Dancehall
By Beth Lesser
Copyright © Beth Lesser 2012 – All Rights Reserved
Published by Beth Kingston, Toronto, Canada, 2012
Editor & Collaborator: David Kingston
Cover, Book Design & Layout: Nuno Gomes –

ISBN 978-0-9868797-1-5

If you are interesting in supporting vintage artists, here are ways you can help

The Jamaica Association Of Vintage Artistes & Affiliates (JAVAA)
Oakton Park. Entertainemnt. Complex;
57 Hagley Pk. Rd.
Kgn. 10
Tel /Fax: (876) 908-4464

JAVAA is always fund raising to support its social welfare and business education
programs for members. JAVAA promotes the history of about Jamaica’s
popular music in schools.

To support the artists, I recommend that fans buy re-released vinyl from reputable
dealers or download songs from websites that who pay royalties to the

Fans could also help arrange a booking for a vintage artist in a local club- it just
takes speakers, an amp and someone to play music.

If there is a vintage artist who you would like to directly support, request that he
or she voice a dubplate/special for you. Contact artists, studios and producers
through the internet- through Myspace and Facebook etc. Certain artists, like
Prince Jazzbo, can arrange ‘special’ recording with a wide variety of artists.
Ask around. Jamaica is a small island and everyone knows everyone, or at
least they know someone who knows someone who knows that person you
are looking for. If you are visiting Jamaica, bring along a gift of anything that can
help in the production of music- even if it’s just batteries or blank CDs.

Thanks to all those who took the time to speak to me, including Admiral Tibet,
Anthony Malvo, Anthony Redrose, Aston Family Man Barrett, Barnabas,
Barrington Levy, Barry G, Brigidier Jerry, Bunny Lee, Burro, Carlton Livingston,
Chaka Demus, Charlie Chaplin, Chester Symoie, Chris Sedgewick, Clive
Chin, Crutches, Danny Dread, Denis Alcapone, Denzil Naar, Dexter Campbell,
Dillinger, Dudley Swaby, Dwight Pinkney, Echo Minott, Exodus Studio, Family
Man, Flabba Holt, Frankie Campbell, Frankie Paul, George Phang, Gerwin
Dinal, Guillaume Bougard, Gussie Clarke, Half Pint, Hedley Jones Sr,, Jack
Scorpio, Jah Life, Jah Mikey, Jah Thomas, Jason from Deadly Dragon, Joe
Lickshot, Johnny Clarke, Johnny Osbourne, Joseph Hookim, Junie Ranks,
Lady Anne, Lady G, Lady Junie, Little John, Lone Ranger, Lord Sassafrass,
Loyal Haylett, Madoo, Major Stitch, Mikey Faith, Neville Lee, Noel Harper,
Ossie Thomas, Pad Anthony, Percy Chin, Peter Metro, Peter Wardle, Phillip
Frazer, Phillip Smart, Pluggy Satchmo, Pompidou, Prince Jazzbo, Puddy
Roots, Ranking Joe, Ranking Trevor, Rick Bracamontes, Sammy Dread, Scientist,
Scion Sashay Success, Sister Nancy, Smiley and Michigan, Sonny Linton,
Squidley Ranks, Steve Barrow, Thriller, Tiger, Tony “Rosa” Green, Tony Virgo,
Trevor Elliot, Trevor Junior, Trinity, Trinity, Tristan Palma, U Brown, U Roy, Versa
Manos, Wayne Smith, Welton Irie, Yami Bolo, Yellowman, Zaggaloo

Special thanks to
Dave Kingston for his work on this project- his time spent and his knowledgeable
assistance – and for his continuing moral support, Guillarme Morel for
creating and maintaining my website, Al Fingers for providing music, Michael
Tutton for organization and planning.

DanceCrasher would also like to thank
Beth Lesser, Dave Kingston, Who Cork The Dance.

Support Vintage Artists
This book is being offered as a gift of gratitude to the people who have created
this magical and inspiring thing called reggae music. I hope that this book will
provide a greater understanding of what went into making and sustaining this
music, and a greater appreciation of the music itself.
As this book is available to everyone free of charge, it would be wonderful if
those who are willing and able could find a way to get some monetary returns
to those artists who have dedicated their lives to making this music and have
precious little to show for it today (like many of the artists mentioned in this
book). Some have moved abroad and are working in different fields. But others
are living very close to poverty despite having made hits and toured abroad. I
am suggesting that fans investigate the living conditions of their favorite artists
and do whatever is possible to help out.

Chapter 1 (Part 1): The Early Days

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