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Winston Jarrett:

Winston “Flames” Jarrett , born in 1944 in Saint Ann, is a foundation roots reggae singer of the Jamaican recording fraternity known for his heavy roots recordings and intensely powerful performances. Alton Ellis recruited Winston Jarrett and Eggar Gordon to form Alton & the Flames in 1965. They were soon recording a series of classic rock steady anthems, and charted an extraordinary number of hits with songs like "Cry Tough", "Dance Crasher", "The Preacher", and "I Have Got a Date". After recording nearly forty tunes for Duke Reid, the group was lured away by Sir Coxsone (one of Bob Marley's first producers) who produced "I'm Still in Love" and other hits. In 1969, afere Alton decided to move to England, Winston reformed the group as the 'Righteous Flames'.

With harmony from Eggar Gordon, they recorded six songs for Prince Buster before moving back to Coxsone's Studio One where they cut classics like "Easy Up", "You Don't Know", and "Born To Be Loved". Winston continued to work with Coxsone throughout the seventies recording nearly fifty titles. In addition to dozens of solo recordings, Winston backed up vocalists like Ken Boothe and Marcia Griffiths. The late eighties and nineties saw a string of terrific Winston Jarrett record releases on U.S. labels: "Jonestown" from Nighthawk Records in 1989; "Solid Foundation" on Heartbeat; "Kingston Vibrations" in 1991 and "Too Many Boundaries" in 1995; “Crucial Times” was the final LP released by the Studio One label before Coxsone Dodd passed away; and “Bushwhackers and Gangbangers” in 2010. Winston is currently preparing the release of a brand new self-produced album from Culture Yard Records . As a fifty-year veteran of the Jamaican music business, Winston Jarrett is a living legend of foundation roots reggae. Available for booking festivals and venues internationally.