Sylvan Morris

“Sylvan Morris worked as a recording and mixing engineer at the forefront of the development of Jamaican music in the 1960s and 1970s. Equipped with a pitch perfect ear, a naturally inventive spirit, a hands-on approach and an intense work ethic Morris not only managed to create a sound of his own, but also was highly sought after by the musicians of the era, to whom he was affectionately known as ‘My Operator.’ Over the course of a quarter century Morris worked closely with such luminaries as Bob Marley and the Wailers, Jacob Miller, The Heptones, U-Roy, Augustus Pablo, Alton Ellis, Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown and many more. Born in Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica in 1946, Morris, early on, exhibited a natural enthusiasm and talent for fixing electronics. Having built his first tube amplifier by age 12, he was the go-to guy in the neighborhood for anything electronic that needed to be fixed.”
Sylvan Morris | Interview

Harry J
“Harry Zephaniah Johnson (known as Harry J, born July 6, 1945, Westmoreland) is a Jamaican reggae record producer of African, Sicilian and Scottish descent. He is the head of the landmark Harry J. Records, located at 10 Roosevelt Avenue, Kingston 6, Jamaica WI. … In 1972, Harry Johnson sold his record shop and set up his own recording studio ‘Harry J’, on 10 Roosevelt Avenue, Uptown Kingston, where he employed Sid Bucknor and later Sylvan Morris as resident recording engineer. Harry J Studio soon became one of the most famous Jamaican studios after having recorded several Bob Marley & The Wailers albums from 1973 to 1976 before the Tuff Gong era; such as Rastaman Vibration and Catch A Fire.”

Sylvan Morris & Harry J – Cultural Dub
“Harry Johnson, or Harry J as he’s better known to fans around the world, was a prolific producer of top-notch reggae, and continues to run one of Jamaica’s most legendary studios. Born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1945, after leaving school Johnson worked as an insurance salesman. Interest in music, however, led him to schedule time at Studio One in 1968 to record the vocal group the Beltones. The resulting single, ‘No More Heartaches,’ was a hit, the first of many. Lloyd Robinson’s seminal — and much versioned — ‘Cuss Cuss’ arrived the following year, as did a slew of sizzling instrumentals from Johnson’s studio band, the Harry J All-Stars.”
Zero G Sound

Roots Archives

YouTube: Sylvan Morris & Harry J. Feat Big Youth – Neighbour Dub, Sugar Plum Dub, Sylvan Morris & Harry J Cultural – River Of Babylon, Reggae In Harmony, Roots Style – Coxsone Dodd/Sylvan Morris, Baba Boom- The Jamaicans, Baba Boom- The Jamaicans, ROY SHIRLEY – HOLD THEM, Jacob Miller – Wanted


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