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U Roy AKA Ewart Beckford, Hugh Roy. Born in 1942, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.

began as a sound system DJ in 1961, spinning records for the Doctor Dickies set, later known as Dickies Dynamic, in such well-known Jamaican venues as Victoria Pier, Foresters Hall and Emmett Park. His inspiration was the DJ Winston Count Machuki, who worked for Coxsone Dodd and subsequently on Prince Buster’s Voice Of The People sound system. By the mid-60s he was DJ for Sir George The Atomic, based around Maxfield Avenue in Kingston. Around 1967 he began to work with King Tubby as DJ for his Home Town Hi-Fi. From this association developed the whole modern DJ style; Tubby’s work at Duke Reid’s studio, where he was disc-cutter, led him to discover dub. He found that by dropping out the vocal track and remixing the remaining rhythm tracks he created new �versions� of much-loved tunes. He began to record a series of special acetate recordings or dub plates for exclusive use on his sound system. The space left by the absent vocal tracks enabled U-Roy to improvise his own jive-talk raps or toasts when the sound system played dances. The effect in the dancehall was immediate and electrifying. In 1969 U-Roy was invited to play for Dodd’s Down Beat sound system, playing the number 2 set; the number 1 set had King Stitt as DJ.


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  • Dominicanbred

    i cant believe the hyphen is that much of a big deal

    30 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Chimino

    Yes, vote this artist to merge with U-Roy please.

    1 Oct 2011 Reply
  • ronron11

    i dont get it what is the differance between U roy and U-roy

    10 Sep 2011 Reply
  • gabriel_junkie


    19 Apr 2011 Reply
  • BrorT

    I (and I) don't care one way or the other, but please combine U-Roy and U Roy :-)

    20 Dec 2010 Reply
  • xbountyhunterx

    All those spellings are valid. It depends on the album cover or credits info on compilations.

    28 Nov 2010 Reply
  • Anira_Sugar


    21 Feb 2010 Reply
  • schoppenaas

    he looks tough

    8 May 2009 Reply
  • Over-kill

    lol runaway girl in the masturbation scene in switchblade romance

    28 Jan 2009 Reply
  • treesparks

    I saw U Roy AKA Ewart Beckford this summer, gave me the shivers went he started to sing, glorious!

    24 Nov 2008 Reply
  • stalkmag

    yeah man ! :)

    13 Nov 2008 Reply
  • 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
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    29 Feb 2008 Reply
  • flinkemagnus

    Musical shock attack!

    27 Jan 2008 Reply
  • crabnebula

    rebel in the mornin', rebel in the evenin' too!

    8 Aug 2007 Reply
  • reggaeshack

    CONCURSO REGGAESHACK ¡GANA UNA ENTRADA PARA VER A U ROY & JR. MURVIN EN DIRECTO! Entre l@s acertantes a la pregunta que figura en, sortearemos 1 invitación individual para ir al concierto de U ROY & JR. MURVIN el día 25 de Febrero en Madrid y otra para su concierto del día 27 de Febrero en Barcelona.

    26 Jan 2007 Reply

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