Lord Sassafrass

Real Name:
Michael Orlando Johnson
Profile:
Jamaican recording artist Lord Sassafrass is best known as a dancehall Reggae DJ with the Black Scorpio Sound System. On Black Scorpio Sound, Lord Sassafrass introduced the world to General Trees, and the entire Horseman Crew.
Prior to his career in music Sassafras was employed at the riding stables at the Caymans Park racecourse in Jamaica. A regular visitor to the course was the entrepreneurial Jack Scorpio who built his own popular sound system in the early 70s and ventured into record production in the 80s. His first production was Sassafras performing ‘Pocomania Jump’, a reference to the religious culture that has survived in Jamaica since the days of slavery. The tune was an instant hit.
Much of Sassafrass’ musical history is seen in the live dance. Similar to the career of Brigadier Jerry, Sassafrass was entertaining in an era of live djs, where recorded music was secondary to the live dance. In 1985 he went to New York where he performed on heavy weight soundsystems like Third World or GT Hi Power, just to name a few.
His work today carries out the tradition he started almost forty years ago – a sound that is completely unique and his own.
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Albums

SDLP 911 The Horse Man Connection — Lord Sassafrass Lord Sassafrost* The Horse Man Connection(LP) Starlight Records SDLP 911 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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Roots 001 1983 Live Stage Show At Ranny Williams Entertainment Center — Lord Sassafrass Yellow Man* / Peter Metro / Sassa Frost* Yellow Man* / Peter Metro / Sassa Frost* - 1983 Live Stage Show At Ranny Williams Entertainment Center(LP) Roots Rockers Roots 001 US 1983 Sell This Version
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BSLP101 Poccomania Jump — Lord Sassafrass Lord Sassa Frass* Poccomania Jump(LP, Album) Black Scorpio (2) BSLP101 Jamaica 1985 Sell This Version
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none Poccomania Jump — Lord Sassafrass Lord Sasafrass* Poccomania Jump(12", MiniAlbum) Horseman Records (2) none UK Unknown Sell This Version
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Singles & EPs

GC 1003 Story Of Roots / Funny Feeling — Lord Sassafrass "DJ" Sassa Fros*, C. Furguson* / O.C. Roberts, The Revolutionaries "DJ" Sassa Fros*, C. Furguson* / O.C. Roberts, The Revolutionaries - Story Of Roots / Funny Feeling(12") G Clef GC 1003 Canada 1977 Sell This Version
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none Green Bay Incident — Lord Sassafrass Lord Sassafrass Green Bay Incident Upsetters none Jamaica 1978 Sell This Version
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none Green Bay Inquest — Lord Sassafrass Lord Sassafrass & Debra Keeys* Lord Sassafrass & Debra Keeys* - Green Bay Inquest(7") Upsetter none Jamaica 1978 Sell This Version
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none There's A Song — Lord Sassafrass Pat Kelly, Lord Sassafrass Pat Kelly, Lord Sassafrass - There's A Song(12", Single) Thompson Sound none Jamaica 1979 Sell This Version
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BM 705 No More Heartaches / I'm The One — Lord Sassafrass Delroy Wilson & Lord Sassafdrost* Delroy Wilson & Lord Sassafdrost* - No More Heartaches / I'm The One (Maxi) Gorgon Records BM 705 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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SLD 522 Sweet Roots Music / Sweet Africa — Lord Sassafrass Don McCarlos* & Lord Sassafrost* Don McCarlos* & Lord Sassafrost* - Sweet Roots Music / Sweet Africa(12") Starlight Records SLD 522 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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DH 821 100lbs Of Collie / Rasta Come From Jail — Lord Sassafrass Cornell Campbell, Pappa Tullo*, Lord Sassafrost* Cornell Campbell, Pappa Tullo*, Lord Sassafrost* - 100lbs Of Collie / Rasta Come From Jail Black Joy DH 821 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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DH 819 Take Heed / Get In The Groove — Lord Sassafrass Johnny Clarke & Lord Sassafrost* Johnny Clarke & Lord Sassafrost* - Take Heed / Get In The Groove(12", DIS) Black Joy DH 819 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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SLD 521 Modeling Crowd / Heaven And Earth — Lord Sassafrass The Paragons & Lord Sassafrost* / The Paragons & Prince Phillip* The Paragons & Lord Sassafrost* / The Paragons & Prince Phillip* - Modeling Crowd / Heaven And Earth(12") StarLight Records SLD 521 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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E. 005 Trickster In Love — Lord Sassafrass Sasafras* Trickster In Love(7", Single) King Bennie E. 005 Jamaica 1983 Sell This Version
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none Baby Mother — Lord Sassafrass Sassa Frass* & Charlie Chaplin (2) Sassa Frass* & Charlie Chaplin (2) - Baby Mother Black Scorpio (2) none Jamaica 1984 Sell This Version
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none Pocomainia Jump — Lord Sassafrass Sassa Frass* Pocomainia Jump Black Scorpio (2) none Jamaica 1984 Sell This Version
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EF-179 Need You — Lord Sassafrass I Plee* And The Meditation* With Sassa-Fross* I Plee* And The Meditation* With Sassa-Fross* - Need You Stereo Records (5) EF-179 US 1984 Sell This Version
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none A B C / Pocomainia Jump — Lord Sassafrass Sassa Frass* A B C / Pocomainia Jump(12") Black Scorpio (2) none Jamaica 1984 Sell This Version
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A 003-1, A 004-2 Pocomania Jump / Four Legs Gallop — Lord Sassafrass Lord Sassafrass Pocomania Jump / Four Legs Gallop(12") Ashantites, Ashantites A 003-1, A 004-2 US 1984 Sell This Version
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none A B C — Lord Sassafrass Sassa Frass* A B C(7") Black Scorpio (2) none Jamaica 1984 Sell This Version
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EF 178 It's Over / Never Ending Love — Lord Sassafrass I Plee* / Lord Sassa-Fross* I Plee* / Lord Sassa-Fross* - It's Over / Never Ending Love(12") Stereo Records (5) EF 178 Jamaica 1984 Sell This Version
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PKD 1771 You And Your Smiling Face / Fanciness — Lord Sassafrass Ruddy Thomas, Lord Sassafrass Ruddy Thomas, Lord Sassafrass - You And Your Smiling Face / Fanciness(12", Maxi) K & K Records PKD 1771 US 1985 Sell This Version
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none National Dish — Lord Sassafrass Sassa Frass* National Dish(7") Black Scorpio (2) none Jamaica 1985 Sell This Version
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none Calypsonian Jump — Lord Sassafrass Sassa Frass* Calypsonian Jump(7") Black Scorpio (2) none Jamaica 1985 Sell This Version
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none Murder She Wrote — Lord Sassafrass General Trees / Lord Sassa Frass* General Trees / Lord Sassa Frass* - Murder She Wrote Ottey's & Ashantics none Jamaica 1986 Sell This Version