b. Earl Anthony Johnson, Greenwich Town, West Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Zero began his recording career with Bunny Lee, who produced his self-penned ‘None Shall Escape The Judgement’. The song was given to Johnny Clarke, who had previously enjoyed hits with producer Rupie Edwards. While Clarke’s career took off, Zero had to wait until 1975 when, with singer/producer Al Campbell, ‘Righteous Works’ became a substantial hit. Guided by Tommy Cowan of Talent Corporation, he recorded ‘Please Officer’ and the legendary ‘City Of The Weakheart’. The song was covered with a slight variation to the lyrics by fellow Talent Corporation recording star Jacob Miller, and was included on the release of his album Killer Miller. By 1976 Zero had joined Bertram Brown’s Freedom Sounds for the release of ‘Get Happy’ and was reunited with Al Campbell for ‘Heart Desire’. In the following years, his output remained steady: ‘Visions Of Love’, ‘Pure And Clean’, ‘Shackles And Chains’, ‘Jah Guide’ and ‘Blackbird’ earned him cult status. In 1979 he recorded with the Soul Syndicate, featuring Carlton ‘Santa’ Davis, George ‘Fully’ Fullwood, Tony Chin and Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, who also produced the session. In the UK, ‘City Of The Weakheart’ was released as ‘City Of The Wicked’ as a discomix through Greensleeves Records. The songs were featured on Visions Of Love, which surfaced in 1979 along with remakes of his earlier recordings, including ‘None Shall Escape The Judgement’, ‘Shackles And Chains’, ‘I No Lie’ and ‘Please Officer’. He later relocated to Northern California and built up a reputation as a leading artist on the region’s reggae scene.
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