Militant Barry

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b. Barry Dunn, c.1955, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Barry embarked on his musical career as a part of vocal group the Thrillers. The restrictions of performing in a group led Barry to launch a solo…
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b. Barry Dunn, c.1955, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Barry embarked on his musical career as a part of vocal group the Thrillers. The restrictions of performing in a group led Barry to launch a solo career, initially hooking up with producers Phil Pratt and Al Campbell. Barry also ventured into record production with Barry Brown for his debut ‘Things And Time’, a song that established the young singer’s career. He travelled to the UK in the mid-70s and enjoyed great success within the reggae music establishment. He originally achieved notoriety when he wrote Errol Dunkley’s hit, ‘Praise Jah All The Time’. In 1977 Barry courted controversy when he championed the now deposed Ugandan president with his recording of ‘Idi Amin’. In the same year he recorded in combination with Gene Rondo on ‘Jah Jah Worker’. When the song was officially released it was backed by ‘Africa Is My Home’. Barry also became involved in promotion, and was responsible for organising the highly acclaimed debut tour of Tapper Zukie, where he also performed as opening act. The media pairing of reggae and punk rock led to Tapper Zukie appearing with Patti Smith. Barry’s tribute to Sid Vicious, the hit single ‘Pistol Boy’, questioned whether Vicious was responsible for the murder of his girlfriend Nancy Spungen. Although an inauspicious subject matter, the recording could not fail with the production skills of Keith Hudson and Tapper Zukie. Barry maintained a high profile with the 1980 single ‘Skylab’, and the popular b-side ‘Militant Style’.