Johnny Clarke Essentials

Johnny Clarke Essentials

Alongside pioneering producers Bunny Lee and Osbourne “King Tubby” Ruddock, the versatile Jamaican singer Johnny Clarke ascended to fame in the mid-’70s by operating right in the seam between traditional roots reggae and the then-nascent sound of dub. A clever stylist, Clarke crafted soulful and spiritual hits (”Enter Into His Gates With Praise”) as well as easy-swinging lovers rock (“Rock with Me Baby”). And on songs like "Fittest of the Fittest", you can hear how easily and nimbly Clarke rides the rhythm—for this reason, many enthusiasts consider him to be the first dancehall singer.

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