Lloyd Parks

Wikipedia – “Parks’ interest in music was fuelled by his uncle Dourie Bryan, who played in a calypso band, and Parks became the band’s singer. In the late 1960s, he performed with the Invincibles band (whose members also included Ansell Collins, Sly Dunbar and Ranchie McLean) before teaming up with Wentworth Vernal in The Termites. In 1967, they recorded their first single, ‘Have Mercy Mr. Percy’, and then an album Do the Rocksteady for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label. After recording ‘Rub Up Push Up’ for the Dampa label, Parks and Vernal split up. Parks then briefly joined The Techniques as a replacement for Pat Kelly, recording tracks such as ‘Say You Love Me’, before embarking on a solo career and later starting his own label, Parks. His second single was the classic ‘Slaving’, a moving song about the struggles of a working man. …”

“b. 26 May 1948, Walton Gardens, Jamaica, West Indies. A renowned singer and bass player, after completing his studies in music, Parks toured the north coast of Jamaica, performing on stage with his uncle. In the late 60s, Parks performed with the Invincibles band, whose personnel at that time also included Ansell Collins (organ), Sly Dunbar (drums) and Bertram ‘Ranchie’ Mclean (guitar). He then teamed up with Wentworth Vernon as half of the vocal duo the Termites, who recorded one album for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One and enjoyed a number of hits produced by Dodd, including ‘Do It Right Now’, ‘Have Mercy Mr Percy’, ‘My Last Love’ and the legendary ‘Rub Up Push Up’. After three years, the duo split and Parks was drafted into the Techniques to replace Pat Kelly, joining Dave Barker and producer Winston Riley. Although he was only in the line-up for a brief period, he was reputed to have sung on the classic ‘You Don’t Care’, which he later recorded as a soloist in a medley of his hits. His solo recording ‘Stars’ was a minor hit but it was his version of ‘Slaving’ that won him international acclaim. The song was used by I. Roy for his classic ‘Black Man Time’ and by Big Youth for ‘Honesty’. He recorded ‘Say You Love Me’ for Riley in 1969, and played bass on Dave And Ansell Collins’ international hits ‘Double Barrel’ (1970) and ‘Monkey Spanner’ (1970). By 1970 he was recording for producers Sonia Pottinger (‘We Will Make Love’) and Harry J. (‘A Little Better’). …”


YouTube: We’ll Get Over It (Discomix), Mafia Remastered, Into the Night, LLoyd Parks and U Brown Reach Out And Dub It Deh, Slaving Remastered, A little better, Stop the War Now


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