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Fred Locks

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Fred Locks (b. Stafford Elliot, 1955, Kingston, Jamaica) is a roots reggae singer best known for his mid-1970s single “Black Star Liners” and the album of the same name.

Elliot grew up in a strict Catholic home in the Franklin Town area of Kingston, along with eleven brothers and sisters, moving to Eastern Kingston when he was ten. His father and older brother played the guitar; with his older brother accompanying Elliot’s early singing efforts. Like many of the Jamaican solo singers of the 1970s, Elliott began his career in the 1960s as part of a vocal harmony group, in his case a group he formed in secondary school, The Flames, and in 1966 The Lyrics, who recorded for Coxsone Dodd in the late 1960s, with tracks such as “A Get It”, “Girls Like Dirt”, and “Hear What The Old Man Say”. They later moved on to Vincent Chin’s Randy’s setup, recording “Give Thanks”, “East to the Right”, and a cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, also working with Lee “Scratch” Perry, and released the self-financed “Sing A Long” in 1971 on their own Lyric label. Disillusioned by the financial side of the Jamaican music industry, Elliot immersed himself in the Rastafarian faith, living on the beach at Harbour View. Elliot allowed his locks to grow to a great length, giving rise to his nickname of ‘Fred Locks’.

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  • staytooned

    Just go with the flow-owww - I really wanna know why dem so low!

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