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Borrowing his stage name from the popular TV Western hero of the same name, the Lone Ranger was one of Jamaica’s most influential early dancehall DJs. He helped pioneer a newly rhythmic, on-the-beat rhyming style that led DJ toasting into the modern age, and punctuated his lyrics with bizarre exclamations and sound effects (“bim” and “ribbit” were his favorites) that made him perhaps the most imaginative stylist of his time. The Lone Ranger was born Anthony Waldron and spent a good portion of his childhood in the U.K., later moving to Kingston. He first recorded in tandem with Welton Irie at Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s famed Studio One, but soon went solo, toasting over the rhythm tracks of past Studio One hits from the rocksteady and roots reggae eras. He also became the top DJ for the Virgo Hi Fi Sound System, resulting in its being voted the top sound system in Jamaica in 1980. The Lone Ranger’s breakout hit was “Love Bump,” a Dodd-produced version of the rhythm from Slim Smith’s “Rougher Yet.” His signature song, however, was “Barnabas Collins,” an ode to the vampiric main character of the TV series Dark Shadows. Produced by Alvin “GG” Ranglin, “Barnabas Collins” was a massive hit in 1980, topping charts in both Jamaica and the U.K. An album of the same name (aka Barnabas in Collins Wood) followed on Ranglin’s label, and established him as one of the top recording DJs of the time.


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  • deckroon

    uuuuuuiiiiiiiiiii!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! studio one !!!!!!!!!!!!!! love.............. ;p

    26 Aug 2011 Reply
  • PMSingGremlin

    barnabas in collins wood is one of the best dancehall albums i've ever heard. best deejay ever

    12 Jun 2011 Reply
  • Royale-DeLa

    youve got to listen m-16, one of is better or his better

    17 May 2010 Reply
  • doctorjmo

    nice!! studio one!! da bomb 4 sure!! happy spring!!

    14 Apr 2010 Reply
  • schokone

    barnabas in collins wood is a great album!

    23 Jun 2009 Reply
  • oddskies

    on the other side of dub <3

    16 Jun 2009 Reply
  • k-microserf

    Living legend! Thanks for giving us so many all time classics of dancehall rub-a-dub-style!

    7 May 2009 Reply
  • Jinkyjonk

    Natty Chalwa!

    4 Dec 2008 Reply
  • xnarrow

    Slow it down nice with some lone ranger...Irie I

    16 Jun 2008 Reply
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  • runabeat

    The Mighty Sparrow will be appearing at The Troxy, 490 Commercial Road, London, E1 0HX, England on 19th July 2008 at 8pm. The show is called 'Soca Invasion' and other artistes include the Jamesy P and Shurwayne Winchester. More artistes to be confirmed. Tickets on sale 3rd June 2008. Call 08707 602603 or visit

    26 May 2008 Reply
  • Charade

    I love this guy!

    16 Jan 2008 Reply
  • cloverdaledave

    On the other side of dub reissue is a pleasure to have in the collection. DOn't know how I lived without this. LR is the BOSS...RRRIGHTTT?

    13 Aug 2007 Reply
  • Big Five

    I remember going from one side of London to the other just to get a Lone Ranger 12 called Fort X great track, Great artist

    15 Jan 2007 Reply

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