b. Welton Dobson, 1961, Jamaica, West Indies. Welton began his career performing as, simply, Welton, chanting on Big JohnGÇÖs Stereophonic Sound (later known as Echo Tone Hi Fi) in 1976. He initially emulated his hero Ranking Trevor, sometimes proving indistinguishable. Welton built up a hardcore group of devotees, enabling him to introduce young talent to the sound. One of WeltonGÇÖs prot+¬g+¬s was General Echo, who, alongside Big John and Flux, was inexplicably gunned down by police in Kingston. Welton moved to the Gemini sound, notable for allowing Yellowman to make his debut on the sound system circuit in a clash with Jack RubyGÇÖs Hi Power sound. Following his departure to the Virgo sound, Johnny Ringo stepped in and Welton performed alongside the Lone Ranger. Welton and the Lone Ranger began their recording careers as a duo with Coxsone Dodd at Studio One, performing in a style similar to Michigan And Smiley. It was at this time that Welton added Irie to his name following a recommendation from Dodd. The duo recorded a version of GÇÿJoe FrazierGÇÖ for GÇÿBig FightGÇÖ and echoed Bob Marley with GÇÿChase Them CrazyGÇÖ. The partnership was short-lived, and in the early 80s Welton released a succession of hits for a variety of producers, including GÇÿThe BombGÇÖ over the Baba Boom rhythm and GÇÿArmy LifeGÇÖ, which inspired YellowmanGÇÖs preferred interpretation, retitled GÇÿSoldier Take OverGÇÖ. A session with Sly And Robbie resulted in the number 1 hit GÇÿBallerinaGÇÖ, followed by the equally popular tribute to marijuana, GÇÿLambs Bread InternationalGÇÖ. Welton also demonstrated that he was a proponent of black pride with the unyielding GÇÿBlack Man Stand Up Pon FootGÇÖ. Other songs included GÇÿParish ConnectionGÇÖ, GÇÿDance A CorkGÇÖ, GÇÿA Weh You FahGÇÖ, GÇÿServe Me LongGÇÖ, GÇÿJailhouse AffairGÇÖ, GÇÿHow You Keep A DanceGÇÖ and GÇÿCome NurseGÇÖ. By 1983 Welton returned to the Gemini Sound for an international tour alongside Johnny Ringo and Squiddly Ranking.Portions of Content Provided by Rovi Corporation.
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