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Willie Francis (Ska/Reggae singer)

Willie Francis, born Wilbert Francis March 18, 1943 in Farm District in South Manchester, Jamaica is a Ska/Reggae singer who went to prominence in the late 1960’s and throughout the 1970’s and known for hits such as ‘Oh What a Mini’ which was a top ten hit in the Jamaican charts. Other notable songs include, Ripe Sour sop and ‘I’m going to change everything’.

Willie Francis was also a producer and is responsible for recording famous reggae singer ‘Cocoa Tea) first song ‘Searching the Hills’ in 1974. Willie Francis’ song ‘Motherless Children is featured on Disc 2 of the ‘Trojan Skinhead Reggae Box Set CD’.

Willie Francis worked in England in the late 1970’s lived in Canada for a number of years before returning to Jamaica to live. Not much has been heard from the singer, however it is believed he will be trying to re-ignite his career despite the number of years being out of the spotlight. He plans to claim his name as ressurect his career since he noticed many of his fans on youtube saying he was dead, confusing him with another Willie Francis in the USA who died at the age of 18 during a double electrocution.

Willie Francis’ former lover and mother of his three children was former partner of the late Dennis Brown who was with him until his demise in 1999.

Willie Francis is currently in the process of climing back his name and his songs as he was out of the music business for so long. Hence is biography is now on wikipedia courtesy of his family.


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