Derrick Harriott

Derrick Harriott

Biography

Derrick Harriott survived many different stages of Jamaican music, from his early Doo-Wop-inspired Soul to Rock Steady and, later, Lovers Rock and Dub. As a performer, his vocal recordings are smooth and soulful, with a light tenor falsetto reminiscent of American groups like the Temptations. He's also had a great deal of success as a producer, working on classic albums such as Jimmy Cliff's Harder They Come and, more characteristically, on instrumental Reggae albums in the 1970s. His sound is generally crisp and polished, with excellent musicians creating tight rhythms often featuring a smattering of percussion and the smoky organ playing of Winston Wright. Ardent fans would argue over which era was Harriott's best -- his early, laid-back Rock Steady or later masterpieces like For a Fistful of Dollars. Either way, expect top-level Reggae.

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