Errol Thompson (audio engineer)

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Errol Thompson
Birth name Errol Thompson
Also known as ET
Born (1948-12-29)December 29, 1948
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Died November 13, 2004(2004-11-13) (aged 55)
Stroke
Genres Dub
Occupation(s) Record producer
Years active 1960s–1980s
Associated acts Joe Gibbs
For the ice hockey player, see Errol Thompson (ice hockey)

Errol Thompson (December 29, 1948 – November 13, 2004), better known as "ET", was a record producer, audio engineer, and one of the first studio engineers to be involved in dub music. He was fellow producer Joe Gibbs' partner—the two were known collectively as the Mighty Two. In the 1970s, he worked (along with Niney) as an engineer at Randy's Studio 17, in Kingston, Jamaica. Thompson engineering the first reggae album without vocals, Derrick Harriott and the Crystalites' The Undertaker, released in 1970.[1] Thompson also engineered tracks by Bob Marley, The Abyssinians, Augustus Pablo, Big Youth, Prince Far I, Culture, Dennis Brown, Yellowman, Frankie Paul and Burning Spear. In addition, he produced work by I-Roy, Cornell Campbell, Freddie McGregor and Barrington Levy. Thompson also worked with producer, Clive Chin. His final project, "the Hard Times Riddim", co-produced with Stephen Gibson, son of partner Joe Gibbs, was instrumental in creating a resurgence in Dancehall. The album included many key reggae performers of the time including, Capleton, I Wayne, Richie Spice, Chuck Fenda and Luciano.

Later in life, he moved away from the music industry and managed a supermarket in North Parade, downtown Kingston.[2] Thompson died, after numerous strokes, on November 13, 2004, at the age of 55.

Discography[edit]

Albums

With King Tubby[edit]

  • King Tubby / Errol Thompson - The Black Foundation In Dub (2000, Heartbeat Records)
Singles & EPs
  • Jamaican Born & Bred / Version (7") (1971, Ashanti)
  • Prince Far I / Errol Thompson - Same Knife / Different Dagger (7") (1999, Crazy Joe)
  • The Stones, Errol Thompson & The Mighty Artons - Penetrate (7")
  • Linval Thompson / Scientist & Errol Thompson - Touch Up The Key (7")
  • Johnnie Clarke / Errol Thompson, Joe Gibbs & The Professionals - Take Heed / Look Out (7")
  • The Echoes / Joe Gibbs, Errol Thompson & The Professionals - Problems In Being A Dread / Dread Problems (7")
  • Errol Thompson / J Gibson & Clint Eastwood / Bigger T - Production Plan / Million Dollar Plan (7")
  • Kojack & Miss Glitter / Joe Gibbs & Errol Thompson - I Can't Stop Loving You / Loving You (7")
Contributing artist

References[edit]

  1. ^ Porter, Christopher. "Reggae Overview". National Geographic World Music. Retrieved 2008-03-21. 
  2. ^ Katz, David (2004-12-09). "Obituary: Errol Thompson". The Guardian (Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 2008-03-20. 

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