Big Joe (reggae)

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Big Joe
Birth name Joseph Spalding
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Occupation(s) musician

Big Joe (born Joseph Spalding; 1955) is a Jamaican reggae deejay and record producer, who recorded extensively in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Biography[edit]

Spalding was born in Kingston, Jamaica in 1955, and began his recording career in the early 1970s working with producer Harry Mudie.[1][2] He then worked with producer Winston Edwards and had a hit single with "Selassie Skank".[1][2] He moved on to record for Coxsone Dodd at Studio One and set up his own Small Axe Hi Fi sound system and a record label.[2] In the 2000s Spalding had success as a hip hop producer and recording engineer.[2]

Discography[edit]

  • Keep Rocking And Swinging (1976) Celluloid
  • At The Control (1978) Live & Love
  • African Princess (1978) Thompson Sound/Trojan

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p.24-25
  2. ^ a b c d Moskowitz, David V. (2006) Caribbean Music: an Encyclopedia of Reggae, Mento, Ska, Rock Steady, and Dancehall, Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-313-33158-8, p.29

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