b. 2 March 1957, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Taylor, known as Rocky T, came to prominence in 1978 with Bertram Brownâ€™s Freedom Sounds collective, noted for introducing Prince Allah, Earl Zero, Philip Frazier, Jimmy Dean, Sylvan White and Lloyd Jackson. Taylor recorded his debut, â€˜Ethiopian Kingsâ€™, based on Frankie Jonesâ€™ avowal that many biblical heroes were black men: â€˜King David - he was a black man - King Solomon he was a black man - King Moses - he was a black man - from Africa yeah - they fight for equal rights and justiceâ€™. The song was an instant hit, which led to sessions with Mickey Dread for the equally popular â€˜His Imperial Majestyâ€™, which featured a well-used rhythm, immortalized in dub as â€˜Saturday Night Styleâ€™. In 1979 Taylor began working with a variety of producers, including Prince Far I (â€˜Run Runâ€™ and â€˜No One Can Tell I About Jahâ€™), Prince Hammer (â€˜If Jah Should Come Nowâ€™), Ossie Hibbert (â€˜Every Little Thingâ€™), Manzie (â€˜Let Love Abideâ€™) and Bertram Brown (â€˜In The Right Wayâ€™ and â€˜Donâ€™t Give It Upâ€™). His collaboration with Prince Hammer preceded the release of his debut album, featuring the Roots Radics and the debut of Lincoln Scott as the drummer. In 1980 the hits continued with â€˜Night In Septemberâ€™, produced by Papa Kojak, â€˜Lord Is My Lightâ€™ for Ganja Farm and â€˜Soul To Soulâ€™ for Tad Dawkins, which lent its title to the celebrated album featuring Barry Brown, Welton Irie and Carlton Livingston. Further releases included â€˜Jah Is Callingâ€™ and the double a-side â€˜Promised Landâ€™, backed with the popular â€˜Wicked Intentionâ€™ by Barrington Levy.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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