Frankie Paul

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Frankie Paul
Birth name Paul Blake
Born 1965 (age 48–49)
Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Years active 1980–present

Paul Blake (born 1965), better known as Frankie Paul, is a Jamaican dancehall reggae artists. Born blind, he has been dubbed by some 'The Jamaican Stevie Wonder'.

Biography[edit]

Born in Jamaica in 1965,[1] Blake was born blind but as a child had his sight partially restored by an operation on a hospital ship.[2][3] He sang for, and impressed Stevie Wonder when Wonder visited the school that Blake attended, prompting him to pursue a singing career.[2]

Adopting the stage name Frankie Paul, he first found fame in the early 1980s, and he recorded prolifically throughout the decade.[2] He has recorded for virtually every producer/studio in Jamaica at some time, and has been known to release several albums a year.

Paul "Frankie Paul" Blake is not the same person as Paul Blake of The Bloodfire Posse, a reggae band formed in 1983. Notable works of Frankie Paul include the popular "Sara" and "Worries in the Dance".[4]

Paul has resided in The Gambia since 1994.[4]

Citation[edit]

"Frankie Paul has a voice that improves with each release and, although initially compared with Dennis Brown, he has evolved a strange nasal, throaty style that makes him sound much older. It's the sheer exuberance of his best performances that give away his youthfulness, and his two London appearances have been joyous occasions." - NME (4 May 1985)[5]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • Give The Youth A Chance (1982), Freedom Sounds - also released as Rich & Poor
  • Pass the Ku-Sheng Peng (1985) Nyam Up
  • Tidal Wave - (1985) - Greensleeves [6]
  • Over the Wall (1985) Crystal
  • Still Alive (1985) Jammy's
  • Shut Up Bway (1986) Ujama
  • Sara (1987) Jammy's (JA) / Live & Love (UK/US)
  • Warning (1987) RAS
  • Alesha - (1987) [3]
  • Fire Deh a Mus Tail (1988) Blacka Dread
  • Dance Hall Duo (1988) RAS
  • Slow Down (1988) VP
  • Frankie Paul at Studio One (1988) Studio One
  • Veteran (1989) VP
  • Reaching Out (1989), Blue Mountain
  • Can't Get You Out of My Mind (1990) Rohit
  • Detrimental (1990) Rohit
  • Get Closer (1990) Profile
  • Start of Romance (1991) Sonic Sounds
  • Best in Me (1991), VP
  • Let's Chill (1991) VP
  • Jamming (1991) VP
  • Should I (1991) Heartbeat
  • Money Talk (1991) Jammy's
  • Sleepless Night (1992) Sonic Sounds
  • Hot Number (1992) VP
  • Tomorrow (1992) Sonic Sounds
  • Cassanova (1992) Dynamic Sounds
  • Live & Love (1992) VP
  • Sizzling (1992) VP
  • Don Man (1993) Philo
  • Talk All You Want (1994) VP
  • Hard Work(1994) RAS
  • Time Less (1995) Tan-yah
  • If You Want Me Girl (1995) Trojan
  • Come Back Again (1996) VP
  • Freedom (1996) RAS
  • A We Rule (1997) RAS
  • Live at Maritime Hall (1999) Artists Only
  • Give Me That Feeling Freedom Blues (1999) Foxtail
  • Forever (1999) World
  • Rock On (1999) Charm
  • Every Nigger Is a Star! (2000) Greensleeves
  • Remember the Time (2001) Artists Only
  • I Be Hold (2001) T.P.
  • Don't Wanna Get Funky (2001) Prestige Elite
  • Sara (2002) Fatman
  • Blessed Me (2002) Scorpio
  • Hardcore Loving (2003) Charm
  • Asking for Love (2004) Jet Star
  • Who Issued the Guns (2006) Music Avenue
  • Are You Ready (2007) Cousins
  • Best of Friends (2007) Charm
  • Tink Say Dem Know Me (2008) Jet Star
  • Most Wanted (2011) Greensleeves[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Steve Huey. "Frankie Paul | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-15. 
  2. ^ a b c Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p. 219-220
  3. ^ Moskowitz, David V. (2006) Caribbean Popular Music: an Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall, Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33158-8, p. 233
  4. ^ a b "Singer Frankie Paul takes stand". Jamaica Observer. 17 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  5. ^ [1][dead link]
  6. ^ [2][dead link]
  7. ^ David Jeffries (2011-06-07). "Most Wanted - Frankie Paul | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2013-09-15.