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Lopez Walker

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Lopez Walker is a reggae singer who recorded four tracks for the producer Roy Francis’ Phase One label in the late 1970s and then “vanished from the scene” (Barrow, liner notes). In an interview with journalist David Katz, Roy Francis explained the cicumstances in which some of these songs were recorded: “I was at Channel One doing sessions and saw standing outside – he say he want to do something for me, start sing a song by the name of “Jah Jah New Garden.” I take him right in the studio and recorded the rhythm, voice him a week after and put it out” (Katz, 258).

The tracks gathered by reggae archivist Steve Barrow in 1999 for Children of Jah, The Chantells and Friends 1977-79 (Blood and Fire, 1999) included works by harmony trio The Chantells - who had hits with “Waiting in the Park” and “Children of Jah,” Errol Davis, the Terrors and Steve Boswell, but the collection’s star prizes were the four tracks by Lopez Walker - “Jah Jah New Garden,” “Send Another Moses,” “Trial Days” and “Fly Away.”

Bearing the influence of Rastafarianism, which ruled the studios and dancehalls in the mid- to late-1970’s, and which produced many great records by Burning Spear, Culture, the Gladiators and Israel Vibrations, Walker’s tracks were recorded at Channel One and Joe Gibbs studios with the cream of the era (Sly Dunbar on drums, Lloyd Parks on bass guitar, Bertram Mc Lean and Winston “Bo Pee” Bowen on guitar, Ansell Collins and Wisnton Wright on organ, etc).

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