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Harry J. All Stars

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Harry J. All Stars is a band best known as Harry J Allstars.

Harry Zephaniah Johnson (known as Harry J, born July 6, 1945, Westmoreland) is a Jamaican reggae record producer of African, Sicilian and Scottish descent. He is the head of the landmark Harry J. Records, located at 10 Roosevelt Avenue, Kingston 6, Jamaica WI.

Johnson is an important record producer who met success during the early reggae era, but who’s direction still influences the Reggae music industry today

Johnson started to play music with the Virtues as a bass player, but soon quit to work as an insurance salesman. He first appeared as a record producer in 1968, when he launched his own record label, “Harry J”, by releasing The Beltones’ local hit No More Heartaches, considered by many to be the very first reggae song ever recorded, along with the Studio One single “Nanny Goat” by Larry & Alvin. His agreement with Coxsone Dodd allowed him to use Studio One’s facilities, where he produced the hit Cuss Cuss with singer Lloyd Robinson, which became one of the most covered riddim in Jamaica.

In October 1969, he met success in the UK with The Liquidator (number 9 in the UK Singles Chart) recorded with his sessionband, The Harry J All Stars. This single became one of the anthems of the emerging skinhead youth subculture; together with other instrumental hits released in the UK through his own subdivision “Harry J” on Trojan Records, on a compilation album of the same name (see cover).

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