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Clive “Tenor Saw” Bright was raised in the Payne Avenue district of West Kingston. His first single, “Roll Call” was recorded in 1984 for George Phang’s Powerhouse label, on the “Queen Majesty” rhythm. He moved on, with his friend Nitty Gritty, to work with Sugar Minott’s Youth Promotion sound system and label, having hits in Jamaica with “Lots of Sign”, “Pumpkin Belly”, “Run Come Call Me”, and “Fever”. His most successful single, however, was “Ring the Alarm”, voiced over the “Stalag” rhythm for Winston Riley’s Techniques label. The singles’ success saw Tenor Saw work with Prince Jammy, recording “Pumpkin Belly” on Jammy’s (then) new “Sleng Teng” rhythm. Further hits followed in 1986 with “Golden Hen” (on the Uptempo label), and Minott issued Tenor Saw’s debut album, Fever, that year. In common with most dancehall albums of the period, most of the rhythms were digital copies of older tunes from the 1960s and 1970s, usually produced originally by Coxsone Dodd or Duke Reid. Thus, “Shirley Jones” versions Keith “Slim” Smith’s “Rougher Yet”, and “Eeni Meeni Mini Mo” versions “Real Rock” from Studio One, while “Roll Call” versions The Techniques’ “Queen Majesty” from Duke Reid, while “Lots of Sign” versions “Tonight” by Keith & Tex, produced by Derrick Harriott.


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  • frengqy

    like so much tenor saw.....

    9 Oct 2013 Reply
  • richieevans

    When we used to playout at blues' and dances whenever we dropped 'pumpkin belly'on da sleng teng it always killed it,always got a rewind it jus sound sooo good especially when we giv it some heavy of my all time favourites

    11 Nov 2010 Reply
  • humzor

    He had the most beautifull voice!

    25 May 2010 Reply
  • scorp121

    he is only underated in world circles if u know reggea music he is a founding father

    29 Apr 2010 Reply
  • Chimino

    Probably the biggest influence on reggae music in such a short time span.

    27 Mar 2010 Reply
  • obuchiken

    when he came to my country japan,i saw tenor saw. lots of sign is one of my classics!

    27 Mar 2010 Reply
  • Ragman205

    ring the alarrrm, a!

    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • Ufgar

    wake the town................

    11 Aug 2009 Reply
  • degalife


    30 Jun 2009 Reply
  • sucheUokcie

    Ring the Alarm !!

    10 May 2009 Reply
  • Zer0_II

    great stuff

    3 Mar 2009 Reply
  • MorgaineFaye

    whoa whao hey whoa-o-o-o-o-o-o-o Tenor Saw always puts me in a good mood.

    1 Feb 2009 Reply
  • dnlxl

    So underrated indeed

    6 Oct 2008 Reply
  • jvglion

    Roll Call is the jam!

    21 Sep 2008 Reply
  • Safiana

    Beautifully done.

    6 Aug 2008 Reply

    Tenor Saw was and probably still is my favorate singer next to Bob Marlie, Although he had a short career his music is still playing all over like ring the alarm. He was ahead of his time. I still can't hear any singer that has a strong voice like his with that type of tune.

    24 Jul 2008 Reply
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    5 Apr 2008 Reply
  • musrum

    So underrated

    17 Dec 2007 Reply
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