King Tubby

Real Name:
Osbourne Ruddock
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Born January 28th 1941, King Tubby is known primarily for his influence on the development of dub in the 1960s. In the 1950s, King Tubby's musical career began with the sound systems, set up on the streets of Kingston and playing dance music for the people. As a radio repairman, Tubby soon became quite helpful at most of the sound systems around.

Tubby began working with Arthur "Duke" Reid in 1968. At Treasure Isle, a studio, Tubby began making remixes of hit songs, usually by simply removing the vocals. In time, Tubby (and others) began shifting the emphasis in the instrumentals, adding sounds and removing others and adding various special effects, like echoes, feedback and filtering. By 1971, Tubby's soundsystem was one of the most popular in Kingston and he decided to open a studio of his own. His remixes soon proved enormously popular, and he became one of the biggest celebrities in Jamaica.

During the 1970s, Tubby's work in the studio gave rise to modern dub music. He had a long string of hit songs, and worked as a producer for some of Jamaica's most popular artists, including Lee Perry, Bunny Lee, Augustus Pablo and Yabby You. In 1973, he began recording vocals to put along the instrumentals. By the later part of the decade though, King Tubby had mostly retired from music, still occasionally recording remixes and tutoring a new generation of artists, including King Jammy and Scientist.

In the 1980s, he focused on production for Anthony Red Rose, Sugar Minott and other popular musicians, for his Firehouse group of labels. He was shot and killed by unknown persons, probably in a robbery attempt, in 1989, February 06th.
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FM LP 304 King Tubby Meets The Upsetter At The Grass Roots Of Dub — King Tubby King Tubby Meets The Upsetter King Tubby Meets The Upsetter - King Tubby Meets The Upsetter At The Grass Roots Of Dub (Album, Comp) Fay Music Inc., Fay Music Inc. FM LP 304 Jamaica 1974 Sell This Version
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KLP 9002 Shalom Dub — King Tubby King Tubby And The Aggrovators King Tubby And The Aggrovators - Shalom Dub (Album) Klik KLP 9002 UK 1975 Sell This Version
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ATLP 1017 Dubbing With The Observer — King Tubby Observer All Stars* And King Tubbys* Observer All Stars* And King Tubbys* - Dubbing With The Observer (Album) Attack ATLP 1017 Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
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TSL106 Brass Rockers — King Tubby Bunny Lee & King Tubby Present Tommy McCook And The Aggravators* Bunny Lee & King Tubby Present Tommy McCook And The Aggravators* - Brass Rockers (Album) Total Sounds TSL106 Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
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none Dub From The Roots — King Tubby King Tubby Dub From The Roots (Album) Total Sounds none Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
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EW LP 301 E-E Saw Dub — King Tubby King Tubby & Jacob Miller King Tubby & Jacob Miller - E-E Saw Dub (Album) E-E SAW EW LP 301 Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
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TSL105 Presents The Roots Of Dub — King Tubby King Tubby Presents The Roots Of Dub (Album) Total Sounds TSL105 Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version
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HM108 In Dub Conference Volume One — King Tubby Harry Mudie Meet King Tubby's* Harry Mudie Meet King Tubby's* - In Dub Conference Volume One (Album) Moodisc Record HM108 Jamaica 1976 Sell This Version
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FMLP 307 Surrounded By The Dreads At The National Arena (26th. September 1975) — King Tubby King Tubby Surrounded By The Dreads At The National Arena (26th. September 1975) (Album) Fay Music Inc. FMLP 307 UK 1976 Sell This Version
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CTLP 117 Dub Basket Chapter II - A King Tubby's Mix — King Tubby Rupie Edwards All Stars / King Tubby Rupie Edwards All Stars / King Tubby - Dub Basket Chapter II - A King Tubby's Mix(LP, Album) Cactus CTLP 117 UK 1976 Sell This Version
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none Conquering Lion — King Tubby The Prophets, King Tubby, Vivian Jackson The Prophets, King Tubby, Vivian Jackson - Conquering Lion(LP, Album) Prophet Record none Jamaica 1977 Sell This Version
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HM 110 In Dub Conference Vol. 2 — King Tubby Harry Mudie Meet King Tubby Harry Mudie Meet King Tubby - In Dub Conference Vol. 2 (Album) Moodisc Records HM 110 Jamaica 1977 Sell This Version
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HM-112, H-M-112 In Dub Conference Vol. 3 — King Tubby Harry Mudie Meet King Tubby Harry Mudie Meet King Tubby - In Dub Conference Vol. 3 (Album) Moodisc Records HM-112, H-M-112 Jamaica 1978 Sell This Version
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LAP 015 Upset The Upsetter — King Tubby King Tubby Upset The Upsetter (Album) Live And Love LAP 015 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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VSLP 2006 King At The Control — King Tubby King Tubby King At The Control Tad's Record VSLP 2006 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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KGLP 002 First, Second And Third Generation Of Dub — King Tubby King Tubby, Prince Jammy And Scientist King Tubby, Prince Jammy And Scientist - First, Second And Third Generation Of Dub (Album) KG Imperial KGLP 002 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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COP LP 5002 Dangerous Dub — King Tubby King Tubby Meets Roots Radics* King Tubby Meets Roots Radics* - Dangerous Dub (Album) Copasetic Records COP LP 5002 UK 1981 Sell This Version
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BMLP 804 Dubbing In The Back Yard — King Tubby King Tubby's* And The Agrovators* King Tubby's* And The Agrovators* - Dubbing In The Back Yard (Album) Black Music (2) BMLP 804 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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PTPLP 1029 Majestic Dub — King Tubby King Tubby Majestic Dub (Album) Star (3) PTPLP 1029 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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SJ003 His Majestys Dub — King Tubby Prince Jammy V King Tubbys* Prince Jammy V King Tubbys* - His Majestys Dub (Album) Sky Juice SJ003 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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VSLP 4015 King Tubby The Dub Master With The Waterhouse Posse — King Tubby King Tubby King Tubby The Dub Master With The Waterhouse Posse(LP) Vista Sounds VSLP 4015 UK 1983 Sell This Version
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VSLP 5014 Sly And Robbie Meet King Tubby — King Tubby Sly And Robbie* Meet King Tubby Sly And Robbie* Meet King Tubby - Sly And Robbie Meet King Tubby (Album) Culture Press VSLP 5014 UK 1984 Sell This Version
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none Two Big Bull In A One Pen Dubwise — King Tubby King Tubby's* Two Big Bull In A One Pen Dubwise (Album) Firehouse none Jamaica 1986 Sell This Version
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none Red Rose Will Make You Dub — King Tubby King Tubby Red Rose Will Make You Dub(LP, Album) Firehouse none Jamaica 1986 Sell This Version
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OMLP039 Sound System Dub Vol. 1 — King Tubby King Tubbys* & Various King Tubbys* & Various - Sound System Dub Vol. 1(LP) Original Music OMLP039 Jamaica 1987 Sell This Version

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Paul-Londen

Paul-Londen

May 30, 2022
1989 "shot in a robbery attempt"......Jamaica kills its own legends.......a real tragedy.
No surprise considering the island's late 80s 'boom boom' music scene .
masterofreality

masterofreality

April 24, 2022
DUB MASTER !!!
DUB REGGAE LEGEND
ABSOLUTE MASTER
PEACE & JAH BLESS !!
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AnalogSaint

AnalogSaint

June 8, 2003
Jamaica- birthplace of the 'remix' and some of the world's most talented musicians, King Tubby among them. His legendary studio produced countless brilliant dubs, many of which would never see the outside world. His talent for remixing and remastering earned him worldwide fame and recognition, which survived his assassination in a robbery attempt outside of his Waterhouse home in February 6, 1989. The list of artists he influenced is innumerable, many not even discovering his amazing work until after his tragic death. Osbourne "King Tubby" Ruddock will forever reign on the throne of Dub, and is truly a legendary musician. He left his mark upon the world of electronic dance music, arguably before it even existed.

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