King Tubby

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About King Tubby

As the originator of dub, one of the most important developments not only in reggae, but in all of contemporary music, King Tubby is a towering historical figure. Born Osbourne Ruddock, the Kingston pioneer started out as an electronics repair man. By the late '60s he was working as a recording engineer and DJ, and the die was cast when he began playing his first instrumental dub mix of a record he'd just engineered. By the early '70s, Tubby had his own studio where he became a master at the art of transforming reggae recordings through creative, often spontaneous remixing. Throughout the '70s he collaborated with a stunning cast of producers and artists, making reggae history in the process.

Kingston, Jamaica
January 28, 1941

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