Junior Byles

Real Name:
Kerrie Byles Jr.
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Born 1948 in Kingston, Jamaica. In late 1967, Junior formed a vocal group named The Versatiles. They cut their first session for release on Joe Gibbs'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 Ja-Man Records label, a remake of "King Of Babylon" for Niney The Observer and Lloyd F. Campbell, "False Leader" for Micron Music Limited, and the classic "Fade Away" for Channel One (5). Two albums were released, the first from Lee Perry material on Dynamic/Trojan and the second co-produced by Perry and Pete Weston and Micron Music Limited.
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WIZZ 5001 Junior Byles - Beat Down Babylon album art Junior Byles Beat Down Babylon (Album) Trojan Records WIZZ 5001 Jamaica 1972 Sell This Version
MIC-CAN-0002 Junior Byles - Jordan album art Junior Byles Jordan (Album) Micron Music Limited MIC-CAN-0002 Canada 1976 Sell This Version
NHM 7493 Junior Byles - Rasta No Pickpocket album art Junior Byles Rasta No Pickpocket (Album) Nighthawk Records NHM 7493 US 1986 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

none Junior Byles - Time For A Change album art Junior Byles Time For A Change(7") Not On Label none Jamaica 1969 Sell This Version
none Junior Byles - Place Call Africa album art Junior Byles Place Call Africa (Single) Upsetter none Jamaica 1970 Sell This Version
US-365 Junior Byles - Earthquake / Place Called Africa album art 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 album art Junior Byles Beat Down Babylon (Single) Upsetter Records (3) none Jamaica 1971 Sell This Version
PH 77 Junior Byles - Down Presser / Got The Tip album art The Wailers / Junior Byles The Wailers / Junior Byles - Down Presser / Got The Tip(7") Punch PH 77 UK 1971 Sell This Version
US-377 Junior Byles - Alpha And Omega / Beat Down Babylon album art 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 - Got The Tip / Someday We'll Be Together album art Junior Byles and The Wailers / The Soulettes Junior Byles and The Wailers / The Soulettes - Got The Tip / Someday We'll Be Together(7", Pre) Upsetter none Jamaica 1971 Sell This Version
K. B 001, K B 001 Junior Byles - Black Crisis album art Junior Byles / Love Power All Stars Junior Byles / Love Power All Stars - Black Crisis (Single) Lovepower K. B 001, K B 001 Jamaica 1972 Sell This Version
LP 3638 Junior Byles - Babylon Chapter 9 Informer Men album art Junior Byles & Jah T Junior Byles & Jah T - Babylon Chapter 9 Informer Men Justice League LP 3638 US 1972 Sell This Version
US-387 Junior Byles - Da-Da / Festival Da-Da album art The Upsetters / Junior Byles The Upsetters / Junior Byles - Da-Da / Festival Da-Da Wizz-Dom US-387 UK 1972 Sell This Version
PH 109 Junior Byles - Pharoah Hiding / Hail To Power album art Junior Byles / The Upsetters Junior Byles / The Upsetters - Pharoah Hiding / Hail To Power (Single) Punch PH 109 UK 1972 Sell This Version
RAN-523 Junior Byles - King Of Babylon album art Junior Byles / The Upsetters Junior Byles / The Upsetters - King Of Babylon (Single) Impact! RAN-523 UK 1972 Sell This Version
none Junior Byles - Dont Know Why / Joshua Desire album art Junior Byles Dont Know Why / Joshua Desire(7", Single) Justice League none Jamaica 1972 Sell This Version
KB 001 Junior Byles - Our Mistakes album art Junior Byles Our Mistakes(7") Lovepower KB 001 Jamaica 1972 Sell This Version
PM 857 Junior Byles - Fever / Soul Sister album art Junior Byles / The Groovers (2) Junior Byles / The Groovers (2) - Fever / Soul Sister(7", Single) Pama Records PM 857 UK 1972 Sell This Version
PM 863 Junior Byles - Big Eight / Auntie Lu Lu album art Lloyd Terrell* / Junior Byles Lloyd Terrell* / Junior Byles - Big Eight / Auntie Lu Lu Pama Records PM 863 UK 1973 Sell This Version
CS 027 Junior Byles - Break Up To Make Up / Plat Skank album art Junior Byles / Youth Man (2) Junior Byles / Youth Man (2) - Break Up To Make Up / Plat Skank (Single) Count Shelly CS 027 UK 1973 Sell This Version
none Junior Byles - Auntie Lu-Lu / Auntie Lu Skank album art Junior Byles / Upsetters* Junior Byles / Upsetters* - Auntie Lu-Lu / Auntie Lu Skank Upsetter none Jamaica 1973 Sell This Version
none Junior Byles - Rasta No Pick Pocket album art Junior Byles Rasta No Pick Pocket Upsetter none Jamaica 1973 Sell This Version
none Junior Byles - When Will Better Come album art Junior Byles When Will Better Come (Single) Upsetter none Jamaica 1973 Sell This Version
none Junior Byles - Break Up To Make Up album art Junior Byles / Tommy McCook All-Stars* Junior Byles / Tommy McCook All-Stars* - Break Up To Make Up (Single) Treasure Isle none Jamaica 1973 Sell This Version
none Junior Byles - When Will Better Come album art Junior Byles When Will Better Come(7") Clocktower Records none Jamaica 1973 Sell This Version

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MindLeftBody

September 25, 2020
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Can anyone point me to the source of the version of Junior Byles' Fade Away that appears on Dread Meets Punk Rockers Uptown ( https://www.discogs.com/Don-Letts-Social-Classics-Volume-2-Dread-Meets-Punk-Rockers-Uptown/master/195396 )?

I've just bought VP's The Channel One Story ( https://www.discogs.com/Various-The-Channel-One-Story/master/254454 ) and that version begins with a sort of 'bing' noise (sorry, best description I could think of) before the drums and ends with "fade, fade, fade ...". The version on Dread Meets ... starts with drums and the vocal at the end has "fade in the morning, fade in the evening ...".

Thanks!

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