Henry "Junjo" Lawes

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Henry Lawes
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Henry "Junjo" Lawes was one of the most essential Jamaican reggae/dancehall producers during the 1980s.

Born 1948 in Kingston 11 (Waterhouse), he used to be a JLP gunman before he took up a carreer as a producer and soundsystem operator. Starting out as a assistant producer for Linval Thompson and releasing his first productions on Thompson Sound and Hyman Wright's Jah Life, he soon became independent with his own imprints, Arrival, Jah Guidance and Volcano.

Despite being only semi-literate and having no musical education whatsoever, Lawes possessed an extraordinary talent in songwriting and new talent scouting. He was the one to discover Barrington Levy in 1978, seminal dancehall artists like Eek-A-Mouse, Lee Van Cleef (2), Frankie Paul, Cocoa Tea and Billy Boyo also were Lawes' protégés; yet probably his biggest "project" was Yellowman, enjoying overwhelming stardom in Jamaica and being signed as the first dancehall deejay by an international major in 1984 (leading to a split with Lawes though).

Employing the dry and heavy sound of the Channel One backing band Roots Radics, Lawes created the typical dancehall sound of the first half of the 1980s, which he managed to market very successfully around the world through a stable cooperation with Greensleeves Records, who released nearly all of his material for the European market. Greensleeves labelhead Chris Cracknell visited Lawes repeatedly in Jamaica, and the two became good friends, tightening the cooperation.

In 1985, Lawes moved to New York, where he got in conflict with the law due to drug issues, and had to spend six years in Ryker's Island prison. Released in 1992, he returned to Jamaica and produced a few number one hits for Cocoa Tea and a bunch of albums for various artists, yet he could not reach his earlier overwhelming success.

In 1999, during a visit to London, Junjo Lawes was murdered in St. Mary's Road, Harlesden.
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Henry "Junjo" Lawes Discography Tracks

Albums

Henry "Junjo" Lawes - A Live Session With Aces International album art Junjo* A Live Session With Aces International (Album) Greensleeves Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
Henry "Junjo" Lawes - Big Showdown album art Junjo* Big Showdown (Album, Comp) Greensleeves Records UK 2016 Sell This Version
Henry "Junjo" Lawes - The Evil Curse Of The Vampires album art Junjo* The Evil Curse Of The Vampires (Album, Comp) Greensleeves Records Europe 2016 Sell This Version
Henry "Junjo" Lawes - Wins The World Cup (The Final King Tubby's Session) album art Junjo* Wins The World Cup (The Final King Tubby's Session) (Album, Comp) Greensleeves Records Europe 2016 Sell This Version
Henry "Junjo" Lawes - Heavyweight Dub Champion album art Junjo* Heavyweight Dub Champion (Album, Comp) Greensleeves Records UK 2016 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

A 002 Henry "Junjo" Lawes - John Tom / Peeping Tom album art Toyan / Jon Jo* And The Volcano All Stars Toyan / Jon Jo* And The Volcano All Stars - John Tom / Peeping Tom(7") Arrival A 002 Jamaica 1982 Sell This Version
GREL2109 Henry "Junjo" Lawes - World Cup (Extra Time) album art Junjo* World Cup (Extra Time)(12", Ltd) Greensleeves Records GREL2109 Europe 2016 Sell This Version

Compilations

CT 3024 Henry "Junjo" Lawes - Hot Rocks From Volcano album art Junjo Lawes* Hot Rocks From Volcano(CD, Comp) Rhino Records CT 3024 Europe 2001 Sell This Version
GRELCD608 Henry "Junjo" Lawes - Greensleeves 12" Rulers - Volcano 1979-83 album art Henry "Junjo" Lawes Greensleeves 12" Rulers - Volcano 1979-83(CD, Comp) Greensleeves Records GRELCD608 UK 2007 Sell This Version
Henry "Junjo" Lawes - Volcano Eruption album art Henry "Junjo" Lawes Volcano Eruption (Comp) 17 North Parade US 2010 Sell This Version
none Henry "Junjo" Lawes - Volcano Erupt album art Junjo* Presents Various Junjo* Presents Various - Volcano Erupt(Cass, Comp) Dynamic Sounds none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version

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roootsnatty

roootsnatty

December 8, 2014
i think junjo prod alot of tunes , half album , like on the jah life "hyman wright" label he didnt get credit for maybee some jah thomas black solidarity two
dredlox

dredlox

November 9, 2012
Does anyone know if Junjo ever went under the credited name of J. Henry? Ive just been adding a few Black Solidarity releases which sound very much like his style with that name credited. I found this :http://www.reggaecollector.com/en/stock/index.php?keyword=J.%20Henry%27s&div=label&search=another which also credits Laws on label though so maybe not?

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