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Lloyd Barnes (born 1948, Jamaica), aka Wackie or Bullwackie, did some recording in Jamaica as a singer for Prince Buster before migrating to New York in early 1970s. There he set up a studio at 4371 White Plains Road (Bronx) recording both visiting and resident Jamaicans with consistently interesting results. Employing his own session band, the Reckless Breed, he developed a hard roots style that was highly distinctive (for all its debt to Perry’s Black Ark sound), and can be heard on records that appeared on his Bullwackies label and its many subsidiaries , including Wackie’s, City Line, Aries, Senrab, Wisdom Track, Footprints, Dougies, Hamma and Rawse.

Among the established Jamaican luminaries with whom Bullwackie worked to striking effect were Horace Andy, Sugar Minott, former Heptone Leroy Sibbles, Tyrone Evans and the veteran tenor saxman Roland Alphonso. Among the less celebrated but gifted were Wayne Jarrett (one of the better singers who modelled his approach on Horace Andy), K.C. White, Lloyd Hemmings, Annette Brissett and one of Lloyd Daley’s star performers from the early 1970s, Audley Rollins.

Sessions with new US-based artists were as remarkable. Outstanding 45s that appeared in the late 1970s/early 1980s included Happy Love’s “Down In the Valley”, Ras Clifton & the Zionites’ “Look Over Yonder”, Joe Auxmite’s “No Equal Rights in the Babylon”, Noel Delahaye’s “Working for the Rentman” and Joe Morgan’s “Basement Session”.

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