Josey Wales

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For the 1976 Western movie, see The Outlaw Josey Wales. For the fictional character it was based upon, see Josey Wales (gunfighter).
Josey Wales
Birth name Joseph Winston Sterling
Also known as The Outlaw, The Colonel
Origin St. Mary, Jamaica
Genres Dancehall
Toasting
Reggae
Associated acts Charlie Chaplin
U-Roy Yellowman

Josey Wales, born Joseph Winston Sterling in St. Mary, Jamaica is an influential Jamaican dancehall deejay. He was considered, along with Brigadier Jerry, Yellowman and sound system partner Charlie Chaplin, one of the best deejays of the 1980s.[1] Wales is named after the 1976 Western movie character from The Outlaw Josey Wales, played by Clint Eastwood, and subsequently nicknamed "The Outlaw".

His career began in the late 1970s performing over U-Roy-owned King Sturgav sound system, and he gained even more popularity in the early 1980s performing over Henry "Junjo" Lawes's Volcano sound system, and recording singles such as "Bobo Dread" and "Leggo Mi Hand" for Lawes' label of the same name as well as later hits for George Phang's Power House label, most noticeably "Undercover Lover".[2]

He was shot and robbed in 1997, an incident that he dealt with in the hit "Bushwacked".[2]

He appeared in Shaggy's "Bad Man Don't Cry" video, and by 2014 had begun recording new material.[2]

Discography[edit]

(incomplete)

  • 1983 - Outlaw
  • 1984 - No Way No Better Than Yard
  • 1984 - Two Giants Clash (split with Yellowman)
  • 1986 - Rules
  • 1990 - Ganja Pipe
  • 1991 - How Yu Mouth Tan So
  • 1992 - Special Prayer
  • 1994 - Outlaw
  • 1994 - Cowboy Style
  • 2001 - Rulin'

References[edit]

  1. ^ allmusic ((( Josey Wales > Biography )))
  2. ^ a b c Jackson, Kevin (2014) "The return of Josey Wales", Jamaica Observer, 4 April 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014

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