Real Name:
Ewart Beckford
Reggae's greatest DJ, U Roy (or Hugh Roy, born Ewart Beckford, 21 September 1942, Jones Town, Jamaica), also known as The Originator, became famous in the late 60's and early 70's with a stream of smash hits whose appeal has endured ever since. He was the prime innovator of 'toasting' (wild, exciting vocal improvisations) and rapping over 'versions' of popular songs remixed by dub music pioneers such as King Tubby. This style of vocals was a major influence on the early rap scene (Disco/Electro/Break Beat) and the later American hip-hop movement. He ran his own label, Mego-Ann.

U-Roy Discography


CADSR 0586 U Roy* Version Galore (Comp, Album) Treasure Isle CADSR 0586 Jamaica 1971 Sell This Version
ATLP 1006 U-Roy U-Roy(LP) Attack ATLP 1006 UK 1974 Sell This Version
VIL 12048 U-Roy Dread In A Babylon (Album) TR International VIL 12048 Italy 1975 Sell This Version
TR-501 U-Roy Natty Rebel (Album) Virgin TR-501 US 1976 Sell This Version
LTM 1.031 U-Roy African Roots (Comp) Celluloid LTM 1.031 France 1976 Sell This Version
CGLP 107 Nuroy & Uroy* Nuroy & Uroy* - The Originator(LP, Album) Carib Gems CGLP 107 UK 1976 Sell This Version
TR-UR-2-4029 U-Roy Rasta Ambassador (Album) Virgin TR-UR-2-4029 Jamaica 1977 Sell This Version
2933 765 U-Roy Jah Son Of Africa (Album) Front Line (2) 2933 765 France 1978 Sell This Version
FLX 4004 U-Roy With Words Of Wisdom (Album) Virgin FLX 4004 UK 1979 Sell This Version
none U-Roy Love Is Not A Gamble(LP) State Line none Jamaica 1980 Sell This Version
TZLP 001 U. Roy* Line Up And Come(LP) Tappa Records TZLP 001 US 1986 Sell This Version
RAS 3024 U-Roy Music Addict (Album) Real Authentic Sound RAS 3024 US 1987 Sell This Version
0013 U Roy* The Originator (Album, Comp) Justice (2) 0013 Jamaica 1990 Sell This Version
ARILP 071 U-Roy True Born African (Album) Ariwa ARILP 071 UK 1991 Sell This Version
ARILP 085 U Roy* Smile A While (Album) Ariwa ARILP 085 UK 1992 Sell This Version
LG2-1080 U-Roy Musical Vision(CD, Album) Lagoon LG2-1080 France 1993 Sell This Version
ARICD129 U-Roy Babylon Kingdom Must Fall (Album) Ariwa ARICD129 UK 1996 Sell This Version
HB CD 20609, 30609-2 U-Roy Reggae Live Sessions Volume 1 (Album) Jahmin' Records HB CD 20609, 30609-2 Netherlands 1998 Sell This Version
none U-Roy The Lost Album - Right Time Rockers (Album) Sound System (2) none US 1998 Sell This Version
TB1CD023 U Roy* Serious Matter (Album) Tabou 1 TB1CD023 France 1999 Sell This Version
none U-Roy The Seven Gold Ujama none Jamaica 1999 Sell This Version
WBLP 06 U Roy* Serious Matter Dub (Album) Walboomers WBLP 06 Netherlands 2000 Sell This Version
TB1CD36 U Roy* Now (Album) Tabou 1 TB1CD36 France 2001 Sell This Version
NUB 00007 Love Trio In Dub Featuring U-Roy Love Trio In Dub Featuring U-Roy - Love Trio In Dub (Album) Nublu Records NUB 00007 US 2007 Sell This Version
ARILP 207 U-Roy Old School / New Rules (Album) Ariwa ARILP 207 UK 2007 Sell This Version

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January 9, 2015
U Roy and U Roy junior - the latter even known as Hugh Roy junior/jnr. and Froggy - aren't the same person. The real name of U Roy junior remains unveiled but he was shot around 1973 in Kingston. Their toasting styles are quite different, anyone can hear that. It's confusing and somewhat ridiculous to find both artists under the same lemma.


December 8, 2010
He is certainly a legend in the natty world of root music.

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