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Winston Wright


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WINSTON WRIGHT (ORGAN) was a premier session man who specialised in the Hammond Organ. He worked extensively during the Rock Steady/early Reggae period of 1967-71 recording for a variety of producers. He came to prominence with Duke Reid’s Supersonics band, but worked with virtually every producer of note (save Studio One). However, his best known work Liquidator (for Harry J) doesn’t even credit him (just as The Harry J All Stars).

Winston Wright was born in Jamaica in 1944. By the mid 60’s he was a major session player, first for Duke Reid, then later as a member of Tommy McCook’s Supersonics and Clancy Eccles’ Dynamites. By the late 60’s he was a member of the Harry J All Stars, who rode the UK top 10 in late 1969 and early 1970 with ‘The Liquidator’. ‘The Liquidator’ is an all-time skinhead reggae classic that has made numerous appearances on Reggae compilations over the years. The rhythm track had made its initial appearance on the Pama label as ‘What Am I To Do’ by Tony Scott. A year later the opening bars of ‘Liquidator’ were “borrowed” for the beginning of the Staple Singer’s track “I’ll Take You There”.

In the late 60’s and early 70’s Wright was recording for a number of labels, many of them Trojan subsidiaries like Harry J, Duke, Techniques, GG and Green Door. Wright’s sole release on the Green Door label was ‘Heads or Tails’. A cover of a Booker T.


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