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PostPosted: Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:04 pm    Post subject: Barry York Reply with quote

Barry York, veteran ska/rocksteady/reggae singer songwriter, musician is a man with deep musical roots. To know how deep those roots are you would have to trace his musical background and discography which goes way back to his youthful days growing up in the Trenchtown/ Withfield Town/ Waltham Park Road areas of Kingston, Jamaica. Barry began his musical journey signing in his church choir and sometimes just hanging out harmonizing with the other hopefuls in the (Ghetto) hood.

He later formed and became lead singer for a group called the Creations, a four member vocal group. He then went on to night clubs and the recording studio. The Creations did background vocals on many hit records and had quite a few hits of their own. Some of these hits were included in the reissue of Heartbeat's 1991 release of Lloyd Daley's Matador productions and the reissue set of the European Jamaican Gold Label in 1996 called "Matador Arena" and "It's Shuffle and Ska Time' with Lloyd "the Matador" Daley.

Probably the biggest hit record ever to appear on Lloyd Daley's Matador Label was the double A-side single 'Bongo Nyah' by Little Roy and 'Bad Name" by the Creations This single held up the Jamaican charts for six weeks. Barry and the Creations along with Errol Dunkley were also the first artists to record for Joe Gibbs' Amalgamated label. Many of those songs became monster hits and are still being reissued today.

"This is now"

The former Amalgamated (now called Joe Gibbs) and Matador recording artist, Barry York, and his musical profile might be low key. However, his musical works are well known and he is well connected in the music business. His association with' various independent record companies/labels as either producer, songwriter, artistic coordinator or musical consultant has resulted in many hit records aboard (UK. Europe).

For example, Sonny Roberts' Orbitone Records in the UK (like Jive/East-West, USA) was only a small (label) record shop that sold other peoples' records while wishing for a hit of their own. Orbitone got their wish by topping the British national charts and the European charts many times with hits from various artists. Orbitone went on to become one of the leading independent record labels in the UK and became associated with the giant EMI Records and Jet Star Distributions, the number one reggae distributor in the UK. Barry has produced many records for Orbitone and his company Les Productions Circulation was the Canadian representative for (Orbitone Records) Spindle Records.

In 1995, Barry seriously started collaborating with his Iong-time friend and former bard mate Sly Dunbar (Sly & Robbie), a man who is considered to be the world's #1 reggae drummer/producer. This reunion set the stage for many future happenings between Sly Dunbar's Taxi Productions and Barry York's Les Productions Circulation. Some serious foundation (drum) rhythm tracks were produced by Sly/Barry and recorded at the world famous Mixing Lab Recording Studio and other studios in Kingston, Jamaica.

In addition, there was collaborative song writing between Barry/Sly. Songs were also chosen from the catalogue of Circulation Music Publishing for Taxi Productions. These songs were written by Barry York and will eventually be done by various artists produced by Sly & Robbie.

Barry's recent trip to Jamaica was to cultivate musical vibes end to lay additional foundation (drum) musical tracks in order to expand Les Productions Circulation musical catalogue. Les Productions Circulation catalogue contains many collaborative works between Sly Dunbar (Sly. & Robbie) and Barry York. These works (foundation drum tracks) cover a wide variety of musical styles ranging from reggae, ska-rocksteady, dancehall, la-trenggae, hip-hop, R & B, etc. Stay tuned you all, Circulation Records/Music will be busting out with hot new releases featuring various artists on these tracks.

Veteran keyboard player, instrumentalist, and hit maker, Ansel "Double Barrel" Collins is among these artists. Ansel Collins was the first musician to hit the British charts with a reggae instrumental called "Double Barrel" and recently topped the Jamaican chart with "Beardman Shuffle" produced by Sly & Robbie with ace DJ Beanie Man. Ansel Collins has been working with Sly & Robbie long before they became known as the "Riddim Twins". To be exact, along with Ansel Collins and other musicians they were known as the "Revolutionaires". Barry York has been associated with the Revolutionaires/Taxi Crew from way back then.

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