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Frankie Paul – 1965-2017

by | May 25, 2017 | Articles, Obituary

Artist Info

Frankie Paul 1965-2017 

Career: Solo artist

Website: Frankie Paul

Selective Discography

Solo Albums

  • 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
  • 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)
  • 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

Singles

  • I Need Your Love 1980
  • African Princess 1982
  • I Need Your Loving 1982
  • Worries In The Dance 1983
  • Foreign Mind 1983
  • Fire De A Mus Mus Tail 1984
  • Curfew In The Dance 1984
  • Pass The Tu-Sheng Peng 1984
  • Pass The Dub Plate 1985
  • Tidal Wave 1985
  • Hungry Belly 1985
  • One Wheel Wheely 1985
  • Shub In 1986
  • Keep On Dancing 1986
  • Rambo 1986
  • We A Di Best 1987
  • Kick Up Rumpus 1987
  • Sarah 1987
  • Game Of Love 1987
  • Slow Down 1988
  • Casanova 1988
  • Come On Jah 1988
  • Agany 1988
  • I Know The Score 1988
  • Come To Me 1989
  • Be Mine Tonight 1989
  • Buck Wild 1990
  • Idle Jubee 1990
  • I Want To Rock 1990
  • Gimblin 1991
  • Friends 1991
  • F.P. The Greatest 1991
  • Children Of Isreal 1992
  • You Remind Me 1992
  • Pretty Brown Eyes 1993
  • Hard To get 1993
  • Day To Day 1994
  • Never Give Up 1995
  • I’ve Got The Vibes 1995
  • Close To You 1996
  • Hurry On Back 1996
  • Starting All Over 1997
  • Only Love Knows 1998
  • Sweet Lady 1999
  • Remember The Time 2000
  • World Is Troubled 2002
  • Falling In Love Again 2005
  • Power Of Love 2008

Real veteran Paul Blake, better known as Frankie Paul, is dead. He passed away Thursday night May 18, 2017 at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI, after a battle with kidney disease. Frankie Paul was an icon and legend and a great musical pioneer, masterminding hits after hits.

FRANKIE PAUL… THE JAMAICAN STEVIE WONDER.

Paul Blake was born blind but as a child had his sight partially restored by an operation on a hospital ship. He actually sang for, and impressed Stevie Wonder when he visited the school that Blake attended, prompting him to pursue a singing career, which the young Jamaican then decided to do. Adopting the stage name Frankie Paul, he first came to the record-buying public’s attention in the early ’80s, when he shared the honours with Sugar Minott on a Channel One ‘Clash’ album entitled “Showdown Volume 2”. Sugar Minott was already established, while Frankie Paul was billed as ‘the up and coming superstar’, but it was not long before he became one of the most prolific singers in the history of reggae music. Throughout the ’80s he recorded for virtually every producer in Jamaica, and has been known to release several albums a year. Also producers from the UK and the US queued up from him, and his consistency was amazing.

 

 

Although, at first, the Dennis Brown and Stevie Wonder influences were apparent, Frankie Paul quickly developed his own style. His voice had a power and dignity too often lacking in ’80s reggae and his interpretations of other artists’ material were masterful. Like many other reggae artists, Frankie Paul recorded for a number of labels and producers including Joe Gibbs, King Jammy, Jack Scorpio, Prince Jazzbo, Tappa Zukie and Blacka Dread to name only six, but, through his talent, managed to avoid the ‘overkill’ syndrome suffered by so many others. He released a staggering amount of records, the majority of a consistently good quality.

For obvious reasons he has been dubbed by some ‘The Jamaican Stevie Wonder’.

| Sources : Jamaica Gleaner, The Virgin Encyclopedia Of Reggae |

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