Saturday, 16 November 2013

REWIND: Joe Gibbs and The Professionals- 'The Entebbe Affair'

Something awesome I heard on Gideon Coe's BBC 6Music show on Thursday night (14 November 2013). Listen to his show HERE. In 1972, reggae producer Joe Gibbs started to work with sound engineer Errol Thompson. Together they were known as "The Mighty Two", and along with his studio band The Professionals (including bassist Robbie Shakespeare, drummer Sly Dunbar and guitarist Earl "Chinna" Smith), they produced hundreds of singles, including the hits "Money In My Pocket" by Dennis Brown, "Ah So We Stay" by Big Youth and "Eviction" by Black Uhuru. The duo worked on over 100 Jamaican number one hits. He also scored successes with records by Jacob Miller, Sylford Walker, The Mighty Diamonds, Gregory Isaacs, Prince Alla and Junior Byles

The 1977 Culture album 'Two Sevens Clash' was a major influence on the then emerging punk scene and an internationally acclaimed production. The album was cited by punk rock band The Clash. Other successful artists produced by the Mighty Two during the end of the 1970s include: Marcia Aitken, Althea & Donna, John Holt, Barrington Levy, Cornell Campbell, Dean Fraser, Delroy Wilson, Beres Hammond, Ranking Joe, Prince Jazzbo, Prince Mohammed, Dillinger, Trinity, Prince Far I, Clint Eastwood, and I-Roy. Gibbs died of a heart attack on 22 February 2008 and is survived by his twelve children. This track is taken from the third volume of the 'African Dub' series, and was released in 1978.

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