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The Viceroys


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Formed in Jamaica, West Indies, around 1966, the group was formed by lead vocalist and songwriter Wesley Tinglin (b. c.1947, Jamaica, West Indies). They recorded, initially as the Voiceroys, for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label, with early recordings including “Love And Unity” (1967), “Fat Fish” (1968) and “Ya Ho” (1968). In 1968 they recorded “Lip And Tongue” and “Send Requests” for the Morgan’s label. In the early 70s they joined Winston Riley as the Interns, finding success with “Mission Impossible”, and in the mid-70s returned to Studio One to record as the Voiceroys with “The Struggle” and “Slogan On The Wall”.

In 1978 they adopted the name the Interns, and recorded Detour for Phil Pratt, which was largely ignored at the time. Shortly after this, they changed name yet again, to the Viceroys, and the line-up stabilized with Wesley Tinglin being supported by harmony singers Neville Ingram and Norris Reid. Reid had already had a handful of singles released under his own name, and continued to further his solo career while remaining a full-time member of the group. They had a big hit with “Heart Made Of Stone” (1980), a Sly And Robbie production, and followed it with the self-produced “Shaddai Children” (1981).

In 1982 they recorded We Must Unite, on which the combination of their rural, rootsy harmonies with Linval Thompson’s heavy-duty production attracted a great deal of attention. They then repeated the formula for Brethren And Sistren (1983), which was their biggest-selling record, and Detour was re-released later that year in response to public interest in the group.


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