Junior Byles

Junior Byles

Real Name:
Kerrie Byles Jr.
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Born 1948 in Kingston, Jamacia. In late 1967, Junior formed a vocal group named The Versatiles. They cut their first session for release on Joel Gibson's Amalgamated label. Three superb titles ("Just Can't Win," "The Time Has Come" and "Trust The Book" were recorded under the supervision of Lee Perry with musical backup from Lynn Taitt & the Jets.
Between 1968 and 1974, Perry and Junior collaborated in the production of over forth titles, including all time classics like "Curly Locks," "Rasta No Pickpocket," "Place Called Africa," "Beat Down Babylon," "King Of Babylon," "Cutting Razor" and "Long Way."
By the mid-seventies, Junior was a major star in Jamaica poised for international exposure. However he was also acquiring a reputation for madness. By 1976, Junior Byles was confined to the mental ward at Belview Hospital in Kingston. Throughout the later part of the decade, Junior was in and out of the hospital sanitarium and in this period he managed to make many great records for a variety of producers. There was "Chant Down Babylon" and "Pitchy Patchy" for the JaMan label, a remake of "King Of Babylon" for Niney and Lloyd Campbell, "False Leader" for Micron, and the classic "Fade Away" for Channel One. Two albums were released, the first from Perry material on Dynamic/Trojan and the second co-produced by Perry and Pete Weston and Micron.
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Junior Byles Discography

Albums

WIZZ 5001 Junior Byles Beat Down Babylon (Album) Trojan Records WIZZ 5001 Jamaica 1972 Sell This Version
MIC-CAN-0002 Junior Byles Jordan (Album) Micron Music Limited MIC-CAN-0002 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
NHM 7493 Junior Byles Rasta No Pickpocket (Album) Nighthawk Records NHM 7493 US 1986 Sell This Version
TRLS 253 Junior Byles Beat Down Babylon "The Upsetter Years" (Album) Trojan Records TRLS 253 UK 1987 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Junior Byles A Place Call Africa (Single) Orchid none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
US-365 The Upsetters / J. R. Byles* The Upsetters / J. R. Byles* - Earthquake / Place Called Africa (Single) Upsetter (2) US-365 UK 1971 Sell This Version
none Junior Byles Beat Down Babylon (Single) Upsetter none Jamaica 1971 Sell This Version
PH 77 The Wailers / Junior Byles The Wailers / Junior Byles - Down Presser / Got The Tip(7", Single) Punch PH 77 UK 1971 Sell This Version
US-377 Dennis Alcapone / Junior Byles Dennis Alcapone / Junior Byles - Alpha And Omega / Beat Down Babylon(7", Single) Upsetter (2) US-377 UK 1971 Sell This Version
none Junior Byles Black Crisis (Single) Lovepower none Jamaica 1972 Sell This Version
none Junior Byles King Of Babylon (Single) Impact! none Jamaica 1972 Sell This Version
PH 109 Junior Byles ,/ The Upsetters Junior Byles ,/ The Upsetters - Pharaoh Hiding / Hail To Power (Single) Punch PH 109 UK 1972 Sell This Version
US-387 The Upsetters / Junior Byles The Upsetters / Junior Byles - Festival Da-Da / Da-Da (Single) Upsetter (2) US-387 UK 1972 Sell This Version
PM 857 Junior Byles / The Groovers (2) Junior Byles / The Groovers (2) - Fever / Soul Sister(7", Single) Pama Records PM 857 UK 1972 Sell This Version
CS 027 Junior Byles / Youth Man (2) Junior Byles / Youth Man (2) - Break Up To Make Up (Single) Treasure Isle CS 027 UK 1973 Sell This Version
none Junior Byles When Will Better Come (Single) Upsetter none Jamaica 1973 Sell This Version
none Junior Byles Rasta No Pick Pocket Upsetter none Jamaica 1973 Sell This Version
none Junior Byles / Upsetters* Junior Byles / Upsetters* - Auntie Lu-Lu / Auntie Lu Skank(7", Single) Upsetter none Jamaica 1973 Sell This Version
PM 863 Lloyd Terrell* / Junior Byles Lloyd Terrell* / Junior Byles - Big Eight / Auntie Lu Lu(7") Pama Records PM 863 UK 1973 Sell This Version
none Peter Tosh / Junior Byles Peter Tosh / Junior Byles - Labour Gonna Beat Them / Beat Them Comrade Man(7", Single, W/Lbl) Not On Label none Jamaica 1973 Sell This Version
none Junior Byles Mumbling And Grumbling / King Size Mumble (Single) Ethnic none Jamaica 1974 Sell This Version
none Junior Byles Curley Lock (Single) Orchid none Jamaica 1974 Sell This Version
DL5060 Lee* & Junior* Lee* & Junior* - Dreader Locks / Militant Rock (Single) Orchid DL5060 UK 1974 Sell This Version
none Junior Byles / Joshua's All Stars Junior Byles / Joshua's All Stars - Gwane Joshua Gwane (Single) Jaguar none Jamaica 1974 Sell This Version
none Junior Byles Lorna Banana Advance (2) none Jamaica 1975 Sell This Version