Double 12″ Spin #3 – Delroy Wilson & Patrick Andy

by Jun 9, 2024Soundstation

Double 12" Spin #3

A. Delroy Wilson – Doing Me Wrong
B. Roots Radics Band – Version
Label: Blue Mountain – B.M. 010

This third Double 12″ Spin features two reggae talents we’ve sadly lost. Unless you’ve been living in musical seclusion, the name Delroy Wilson is synonymous with reggae royalty. A child prodigy, he became Jamaica’s first young singing star. From his early teens until his passing in 1995, he churned out hits with various producers, captivating audiences in both Jamaica and the UK. His most fruitful collaborations were with Coxsone Dodd, the producer behind his first recordings at the tender age of 13, and Bunny “Striker” Lee, with whom he dominated the 1970s reggae scene. Delroy possessed a unique talent for breathing new life into both soul classics and reggae favorites, like his rendition of The Wailers’ I’m Still Waiting. Though his output slowed after the mid-80s, his popularity remained strong, evidenced by several hits. Delroy Wilson pours his heart out on the soulful 1985 single Doing Me Wrong, produced by none other than Roots Radics’ renowned bassist, Flabba Holt. The band even graced the B-side with their signature sound. This single marked a significant moment as one of the first releases from the newly formed Jamaican label, Blue Mountain.


A. Patrick Andy – Pretty Me
B. Unknown – Untitled/Version
Label: Jedi – JJ 213

The second gem comes from Patrick Andy. Hailing from Jamaica’s Clarendon Parish (born 1960), Patrick adopted his stage name due to his resemblance to reggae legend Horace Andy, whose songs he often covered. Patrick Andy’s musical journey started in the late 70s under producer Yabby You. The 80s proved to be his golden era, churning out hit singles and a string of albums. He kicks things off with Pretty Me, a track brimming with confidence. The flip side, the version, remains uncredited, but speculation leans towards The Revolutionaries. Beyond this single, Andy released a series of unique “clash” albums. These featured Patrick going head-to-head with various singers on the same record, including Wayne Smith, Frankie Jones, Half Pint, and even his namesake, Horace Andy. This 12″ single, released in the US on Channel One’s sublabel Jedi in 1984, followed a 7″ release on the Jamaican Hitbound label a year prior. Patrick Andy passed away in 2022.


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