The Royals

The Royals

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Jamaican vocal group formed in 1964.
The harmony group called The Royals changed its line up many times but the core has always been Roy Anthony Cousins. Born in Kingston in 1945, Roy started to sing at the Church of God' Junior Choir when he was a child. At nineteen Roy joyned his first vocal group with some friends. Soon he formed a group with the guitarist Berthram "Harry" Johnson and a friend called Lloydie. The first Royals were formed in 1964 with Errol Green, Berthram "Harry" Johnson, Trevor McFarlane, Maurice "Professor" Johnson and of course Roy. Maurice soon tragically died after quitting the group and forming the Tennors. In 1965 The Royals cut their first single called "House On The Hill", followed by "We Are In The Mood". In 1967 they changed their name to The Tempests (8). They moved to Studio One and Coxsone Dodd made them record eight tracks that were not released at the time. Years later the single "Pick Up The Pieces" was released, first credited to The Tempests and soon later to The Royals. After the Studio One session Errol Green and Trevor McFarlane left the group and Errol Wilson (also known as Errol Nelson), Keith Smith and Ivan Renee joyned in. Renee soon was murdered and Smith moved to Canada. By the same time Berthram "Harry" Johnson moved away to play bass elsewhere. Later in 1978 Errol Wilson joyned Black Uhuru. At the end The Royals were a four members group from 1967 to 1978. Since the musical success seemed a hard task to reach, in 1967 Roy went to work as a postman along with The Heptones' Barry Llewellyn, Don Carlos and the future actor Carl Bradshaw. For a short moment Lloyd Forrest and Errol Davis joyned Roy singing on sone songs, later replaced by Melvin Reid of The Ethiopians and Hal Nicholson. In the mean time some songs were recorded but only "Never Gonna Give You Up" was released. So Roy decided to self produce his music, and in 1973 he released a re-cut of "Pick Up The Pieces". In that same session he also cut "Down Comes The Rain". Soon The Royals backed the early Yabby You' Prophets cuts "Carnal Mind" and "Run Come Rally", both cut at Lee "Scratch" Perry's Black Ark. In 1977 The Royals released the Lp "Pick Up The Pieces". In 1979 they released in the U.K. the set called "Ten Years After". By the end of the 70's Roy quit The Royals and subsequently the group was renamed The Jayes. Turning to production he helped a lot of artists and finally moved to Liverpool, U.K.. This re-release presents the shining efforts made by true artists whose struggle delivered some strong music from the golden era of Reggae. The Royals fought for making music with capital letters. They reached the target for sure. The music recorded at Channel One, Dynamic Sounds, King Tubby's and Randy's proves it all.
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The Royals Discography Tracks

Albums

The Royals Pick Up The Pieces (Album) Magnum Records (4) Jamaica 1977 Sell This Version
The Royals Israel Be Wise (Album) Ballistic Records UK 1978 Sell This Version
The Royals Ten Years After (Album) Ballistic Records UK 1979 Sell This Version
KVL 9006 The Royals Moving On(LP, Album) Kingdom Records KVL 9006 UK 1981 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

45/BB 259 The Royals Save Mama / Out De Fire(7", Single) Blue Beat 45/BB 259 UK 1964 Sell This Version
The Royals / The Blenders (2) The Royals / The Blenders (2) - Never See Come See / Jumping Jack (Single) Amalgamated Records Jamaica 1968 Sell This Version
The Royals Pick Out Me Eye / Think You Too Bad (Single) Trojan Records UK 1969 Sell This Version
DU-29 The Royals Never Gonna Give You Up(7", Single) Duke Records (2) DU-29 UK 1969 Sell This Version
CA 17 The Scorchers / The Royals The Scorchers / The Royals - Hold On Tight / 100 Lbs Of Clay(7") Camel CA 17 UK 1969 Sell This Version
The Royals Pick Up The Pieces Wambesi Jamaica 1972 Sell This Version
The Royals Promise Land (Single) Dip UK 1974 Sell This Version
The Royals When You Are Wrong (Single) Hot Stuff (2) Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
The Royals Only For A Time (Single) Wambesi Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
The Royals Peace & Love (Blacker Black) Mango Records (2) UK 1975 Sell This Version
SAN001 The Royal* Only For A Time (7", Single) Ital Coxone SAN001 UK 1975 Sell This Version
The Royals Come A Long Way / Dub A Long Way (Single) Ballistic Records UK 1978 Sell This Version
GUN 114 The Royals My Sweat Turn To Blood(7") Ballistic Records GUN 114 UK 1978 Sell This Version
The Royals Happy Time (Single) Ballistic Records UK 1978 Sell This Version
UP 36457 The Royals Israel Be Wise(7") Ballistic Records UP 36457 UK 1978 Sell This Version
KV 8017-12 The Royals Strange World (12", Single) Kingdom Records KV 8017-12 UK 1981 Sell This Version
PST1002, PSTI 002 The Royals / I-Roy / King Tubby The Royals / I-Roy / King Tubby - Dubbing With The Royals(10") Pressure Sounds, Pressure Sounds PST1002, PSTI 002 UK 2004 Sell This Version
PSTI022 Lacksley Castell / The Royals Lacksley Castell / The Royals - Tug-a-war Games / Malnutrition (10") Pressure Sounds PSTI022 UK 2015 Sell This Version
Royals* If You Want Good Jah Life US Unknown Sell This Version
The Royals Make Believe Wambesi Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
The Royals Ghetto Man (Single) Wambesi Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version