Danny Red

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Danny Red
Birth name Daniel Clarke
Also known as Danny Dread
Born c.1962
London, England
Genres Reggae
Years active 1980–present
Labels Columbia, Cou$ins

Daniel Clarke (born c.1962), better known as Danny Red, is a British reggae musician.

Biography[edit]

Born in London, Clarke spent time as a child in Jamaica where he developed a love of reggae.[1] In 1980 he began working on the London-based City Dread sound system as a deejay, and went on to join the Fine Style Crew.[1] Clarke originally worked under the name Danny Dread, and released his first records and toured Europe with General Kelly under that name, but changed to Danny Red to avoid confusion with two other deejays who used that name.[1][2] He began to concentrate on singing and by the early 1990s had established himself as a popular roots reggae singer.[1]

Continuing success and the I Don't Care album, recorded with Nick Mannasseh, led to a contract with Columbia Records in 1993, Red becoming the first roots reggae artist signed by the label in over a decade.[3][4]Columbia issued the Riddimwize album in 1994.[1] The album included a track recorder Sly & Robbie, "Rolling Stone", which was a minor crossover hit.[1]

In 1995 he was voted top Roots and Culture Artist by the British Reggae Industry, and supported Lucky Dube in UK shows.[5]

More recently he has worked with Gussie P and Mafia & Fluxy.

Danny Red has contributed vocals to recordings by other artists, including the track "Inspection" on Leftfield's Leftism album.[6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • I Don't Care (1993), Roots
  • Riddimwize (1994), Columbia
  • Past and Present (2008), Cou$ins
  • Iteopian Rock (2008), Gussie P

Singles[edit]

  • "Original Formula" (1991), Conscious Sounds
  • "Armagideon" (1991), Nuff Tuff Music
  • Riddim Wize EP (1993), Dredbeat - split EP with Sharp Slicks
  • "Jah Is Here" (1993), Abba Jahnoi
  • "Teaser" (1993), Dredbeat - Gospel Fish & Danny Red
  • "Riddimwize" (1994), Columbia
  • "Rise Up" (1995), Columbia
  • "Rolling Stone" (1995), Columbia
  • "Be Grateful" (1995), Columbia
  • "The Final Fight" (199?), Conscious Melody
  • "Give Jah Praise" (2005), Sip A Cup
  • "Be Grateful" (2006), Cou$ins
  • "Something Wrong" (2007), Cou$ins
  • "Little More High Grade" (2008), Sip A Cup
  • "Let I Live" (2009), High Steppers
  • "It's Your Choice" (2009), King Shiloh
  • "Jah Jah Me" (2011), Inner Sanctuary
  • "Jahovah" (2012), Ababajahnoi
  • "I See the Light" (2012), Ababajahnoi
  • "Sha-La-La-La" (2012), King Shiloh
  • "Dance Get Overload", RIZ
  • "Jail House Rocking", Joe's Palace
  • "I Can't Save Them", Conqueror - Danny Red and Vivian Jones
  • "Rasta we rasta" (2014), Youths & Truth

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p. 245
  2. ^ Room, Adrian (2010) Dictionary of Pseudonyms, McFarland & Co. Inc., ISBN 978-0786443734, p. 400
  3. ^ Kwaku (1995) "U.K. Artists Find Eager Majors, Buying Public", Billboard, 8 July 1995, p. 1, 93, retrieved 21 October 2012
  4. ^ Barrow, Steve & Dalton, Peter (2004) The Rough Guide to Reggae, 3rd edn., Rough Guides, ISBN 1-84353-329-4, p. 413
  5. ^ Kwaku (1995) "Global Music Pulse", Billboard, 10 June 1995, p. 51, retrieved 21 October 2012
  6. ^ Irvin, Jim (2007) The MOJO Collection: The Ultimate Music Companion, Canongate, ISBN 978-1841959733, p. 615