Monday, March 24, 2008

Mikey Dread Tribute

It was sad to hear the death of another reggae great this week first it was Joe Gibbs and now Mikey “Dread” Campbell. personally we remember Mikie Dread from his days working with The Clash and later as part of Big Audio Dynamite.

During the late 1970s, Mikey “Dread” Campbell was a radio disc jockey on JBC radio when it was uncommon for Jamaican radio to broadcast reggae music. On his “Dread at the Controls” show, he played current popular music while displaying his musical knowledge by dropping in Studio One originals to show the history of the music. His first recorded single was also called “Dread at the Control,” and guess what he called his record label. He produced some of the most exciting contemporary music of the late ’70s and early ’80s, and his dub sides were very popular. On this program, you’ll hear Mikey Dread’s radio background come through is his music. Mikey Dread was just 54 years old when he passed away. He died 6 months after he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. On #44, I pay tribute to the rub-a-dub master.

Lee “Scratch” Perry - Dreadlocks in Moonlight
Mikey Dread - Dread at the Mantrols
Mikey Dread - Break Down the Walls
Mikey Dread - The Jumping Master
Mikey Dread - Rockers Delight
Mikey Dread - Impulsive Emotions Dub
Mikey Dread - Haile Selassie Centenary Dub


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