Sunday, January 12, 2014
There are few more unique and beautiful male voices in reggae than that of Junior Byles. In late 1967, Junior formed a vocal group named the Versatiles and by the Rock Steady era, the vocal trio had begun recording with legendary Lee Perry producing some of the best reggae recordings of that time. After Lee Perry had finished working with Bob Marley he was tipped to be the heir apparent but although they produced many great records together major international success eluded Junior. By the mid-seventies, Junior was a major star in Jamaica poised for international exposure. But, like his mentor Lee Perry, he was acquiring a reputation for madness and never reached his full potential. Most of his albums are extremely difficult to get hold of but fortunately most of his best work is available to listen to on youtube...