Tones of General Echo

UNSUNG

Howard Campbell

Friday, November 09, 2012

Print this page Email A Friend!




In commemoration of Jamaica's 50th anniversary of Independence from Britain, the Jamaica Observer's Entertainment section recognises 50 persons who have made significant, yet unheralded contributions to the country's culture. Today, we feature General Echo.


It is every deejay's dream to cop the double which in their case, is hitting the dancehall and radio with that big hit song.


In 1979, General Echo did just that with Arleen, a timeless drum and bass monster produced by Winston Riley on the Stalag beat.


Arleen featured drummer Carlton 'Santa' Davis and bass player George Fullwood of the Soul Syndicate, who played on the original Stalag five years earlier.


The song was a massive hit for Fletchers Land-reared Echo (born Earl Robinson) who developed his skills on sound systems like Stereophonic and his own Echo Tone.


Echo had other radio hits such as Drunking Master and Jean and Miss Follafashin, but he earned a reputation as the master of slackness through a series of suggestive songs that were banned from the airwaves.


Some of those underground hits can be heard on albums like Twelve Inches of Pleasure, produced by Henry 'Junjo' Lawes and distributed by the British independent company, Greensleeves Records.


General Echo was killed by the policeunder controversial circumstances in Kingston in 1980. He was 25 years old.


Thanks to Arleen, he remains a dancehall immortal.


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT