This site requires JavaScript but your browser does not support JavaScript. Please activate Javascript from security options or something like that.

ReggaeRecord.com Dub Store Sound Inc. Online Store for Reggae & Black Music - Reggaerecord.Com

Reggae & Black Music Online Store

Japanese (日本語)English
Currency:

presented by DUB STORE SOUND INC.

¥0 (US$0.00) (0 items)
Label Hall of Fame

Striker Lee/Lee's/Jackpot/JusticeText by Harry Hawks

As a creator of musical trends Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee is second to none. For the best part of a decade the reggae business hung on his every word and tried to copy his every move.
Date Added: Jan 13, 2011, Date Updated: Feb 1, 2011 Copyright (C) 2017 Dub Store Sound Inc.
Place of Establishment
Jamaica
Kingston
Founder:
Bunny 'Striker' Lee
Producer(s):
Bunny 'Striker' Lee
Engineer(s):
King Tubby
Sylvan Morris
Main Studio(s)
Randy's Studio
Harry J Studio
WIRL studio
Studio One
Related Artist(s)
Johnny Clarke
Cornell Campbell
Delroy Wilson
Slim Smith
Leroy Smart
John Holt
Horace Andy
Barry Brown
Owen Grey
Linval Thompson
U Roy
Prince Jazzbo
I Roy
Tappa Zukie
Dr. Alimantado
Dillinger
Jackie Edwards
U Brown
Related Label(s)
Attack
Jackpot
Lee's
Justice
Edward O'Sullivan Lee "but my friends call me Bunny or Striker Lee" was born in Kingston, Jamaica on 23rd August 1941. He first started to work in the music business plugging records for Duke Reid at Treasure Isle, Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd(CS Dodd) at Studio One and Leslie Kong at Beverley's(Beverleys).

"When Jamaica got independence in 1962 I was working at Uni Motors and then I used to get time off and go to the studio with Derrick Morgan. I used to move with Slim Smith and Derrick Morgan and Roy Shirley and I started doing my own thing with them. Derrick Morgan is my brother in law now but before he married my sister he and I used to go around a lot as at that time we were good friends. I used to do plugging... when I say plugging I used to get their records played... for Leslie Kong, Coxsone(CS Dodd) and Duke Reid on 'Teenage Dance Party' and we'd dance so if you had a record to plug you'd put it on and dance to it and show the latest moves. Yeah man! We had to just create some moves!" Bunny 'Striker' Lee

As ska began to wane in popularity Bunny started to use the many contacts and friends that he had made while plugging other producers' productions and began to produce his own records in the brand new rock steady style.

"So I was around the business but I didn't actually start for myself until 1967. The greatest man that came to Jamaica and changed the whole beat from ska to rock steady was Lynn Taitt. He was from Trinidad and was only on the island for a few years. Lynn Taitt came as a foreigner and took over the whole music business. He was a nice person too because when I started my thing I only had twenty pounds to give to Lynn Taitt and Lynn Taitt got four men... brought in a four piece band... himself and three others and we did 'Music Field' with Roy Shirley. So those guys helped me when I just started." Bunny Lee

And many, many more producers, musicians and artists helped out Striker as he rose to the top... but Bunny always returned the favour.

"Yes. Carly and Family Man (Carlton & Aston Barrett) those brothers were my rhythm section for a while... but after we started making the hits everybody started using them and all the big musicians like Hux Brown then played with them.. they became the musicians of the day" Bunny 'Striker' Lee

The hits kept on coming. In 1969 ' Wet Dream' by Max Romeo in the faster reggae style was released on Bunny's Unity label in the UK where it spent twenty five weeks in the British Charts without any radio play because it had been banned by the BBC. Alan Freeman used to describe it as "a record by Max Romeo" on Sunday afternoon's chart run down on Radio One.

" Wet Dream' was a tune now! I put it on the 'Hold You Jack' rhythm and we voiced it up at Coxsone's studio." Bunny 'Striker' Lee

Striker's propensity for hit making was unprecedented and in 1969, 1970, 1971 and 1972 he was awarded the title of Jamaica's Top Producer. In 1971 he won Jamaica's first Gold Record for Eric Donaldson's 'Cherry Oh Baby' a slow song using Bunny's 'broken beat' which was the runaway winner in that year's Festival Song Competition.

"'Well, one night the Festival eliminations were on and I went along with Delroy Wilson and some of the other artists. When this guy (Eric Donaldson) sung the tune Delroy bring it to me and I decided to record it the next day." Bunny 'Striker' Lee

A precedent had long been set in Kingston where instrumental or alternative vocal versions of popular songs were an established part of the scene and 'doing over' or 'versioning' another producer's rhythm had always been prevalent in the musical rat race.


"We couldn't afford for every song to get a different set of musicians so we use the same rhythm over again..." Bunny 'Striker' Lee

A straightforward 'rhythm' version without vocals or with an added horn or organ part was not really a leap too far from what was already going on and Bunny Lee and King Tubby were instrumental in the step forward into the music that would become known as dub.

"And from there Tubbys started to get really popular. We did a next tune and Niney(Winston 'Niney' Holness) carried it to U Roy said 'Awoah! Another version of the tune?' And Niney came and said 'Striker! The new name now is 'version'.' And that's how the name version a come in.

"I had the Bunny Lee Radio Show and I used to advertise Tubbys on it. 'If you want your dub and all the latest discs and thing check King Tubbys'. In those days I never used to put the version on the record so you'd have to go to Tubby's to hear the dub play. Tubbys started to get popular and I started to get Tubby' to mix and used him as an engineer."
Bunny 'Striker Lee

Together with Soul Syndicate drummer Carlton 'Santa' Davis Striker then originated a new style of rhythm based around the Philadelphia disco sound termed 'flying cymbals' that became known as 'flyers'.

"Yeah... I used to get Kentucky Fried Chicken and when it came they'd say 'put up the flyers for Striker' meaning the chicken wings (which I loved) and they used to say 'Striker. When you a go fly?'" Bunny 'Striker' Lee

The first Bunny Lee recording in this new style was with his singing sensation Johnny Clarke on his interpretation of Earl Zero's 'None Shall Escape The Judgment'. Striker had given it to Tubby for exclusive play on the Home Town Hi Fi where it rapidly became his most in-demand dub plate and Tubby was not pleased when Striker decided to release the tune on vinyl and end its exclusivity. Tubby's apprentice Phillip Smart was the man at the controls for the blistering dub side... the appropriately named 'This A The Best Version'.

Striker's 'flyers' rhythms completely dominated the scene throughout 1974 and on into 1975. His two dub albums showcasing these rhythms 'King Tubby The Dub Master Presents The Roots Of Dub' and 'King Tubby The Dub Master Presents Dub From The Roots' both came with photographs of the King at the controls in his Dromilly Avenue studio. The album 'Brass Rockers: Bunny Lee & King Tubby Present Tommy McCook & The Aggrovatars' featured Tommy McCook and his tenor saxophone resplendent on the front cover and the entire Aggrovators band photographed and named with their respective instruments on the back. Released through Total Sounds these albums were the first vinyl releases to promote King Tubby with music lovers in Jamaica and internationally.

"I started to put their names on the LP sleeves because people never used to put on the musicians' names. I was the first to start that. Give Caesar what him due! Who play organ. Who play what. And that's why these men made a name for themselves because now you could know 'Sly on drums' or 'Santa on drums'". Bunny 'Striker' Lee

"...but it was Tubby's 'Roots Of Dub' that set a precedent. Because it was distributed by Total Sounds, Jamaica's leading record distributor at the time, the music reached many people who were previously unfamiliar with this new development in reggae" Beth Lesser

Over the years Striker has been one of the few enduring constants in an ever changing cast of characters. Although he rarely records nowadays he is still one of the most important people in the Jamaican music business and his rhythms and songs are endlessly recycled and sampled. He has spent the last three decades licensing, re-licensing issuing and re-issuing his copious catalogue through a plethora of different record companies in Jamaica, England, America, Canada, Japan, France, Holland & Germany. In October 2008 at Kingston's National Honours and Awards Ceremony Striker was awarded the Order of Distinction in the rank of Officer for "more than forty years of dedicated service to the music industry".
Jan 13, 2011 (Feb 1, 2011 Update) Text by Harry Hawks
>>Search all items on this label
>>See all items by producer:Bunny 'Striker' Lee
Hit Titles
Various - From Bam Bam To Cherry Oh Baby
LP Various - From Bam Bam To Cherry Oh Baby Dynamic
¥2480 (US$22.45)
Add To Want List
King Tubby - Roots Of Dub
LP King Tubby - Roots Of Dub Clocktower CA
  
¥1880 (US$17.02)
Add To Want List
Dillinger - None Stop Disco Style
LP Dillinger - None Stop Disco Style Clocktower CA
  
¥2700 (US$24.44)
Add To Want List
Johnny Clarke - Just Give Up The Badness; Version
12" Johnny Clarke - Just Give Up The Badness; Version / Dillinger - Truth & Rights Striker Lee UK (Blank)
  
¥2300 (US$20.82)
Add To Want List
Leroy Smart - Get Smart; Version
12" Leroy Smart - Get Smart; Version Striker Lee UK (Blank)
  
¥2300 (US$20.82)
Add To Want List
Uniques - Gypsy Woman; People Rocksteady
10" Uniques - Gypsy Woman; People Rocksteady / Glen Adams - Run Come Dance; I'm Shocking Lee's UK/Trojan UK Gypsy Woman
  
¥1180 (US$10.68)
Add To Want List
Johnny Clarke; Cornell Campbel - I Am Lonely; Natural Fact
10" Johnny Clarke;Cornell Campbel - I Am Lonely; Natural Fact / Horace Andy - It's Gonna Be Dread; Dub Attack Gold UK Natural Facts
  
¥1780 (US$16.11)
Add To Want List
Johnny Clarke; Tappa Zukie; Tommy McCook - No Woman No Cry; Natty Dread Don't Cry; Horns Version
10" Johnny Clarke;Tappa Zukie;Tommy McCook - No Woman No Cry; Natty Dread Don't Cry; Horns Version / Freddie McGregor;Cornell Campbell - Little Angel; My Only Lee's Gold UK No Woman No Cry
  
¥1680 (US$15.21)
Add To Want List
Johnny Clarke - Dem A Say Rasta
10" Johnny Clarke - Dem A Say Rasta / Cornell Campbell - Two Face Rasta Attack Gold UK Baby I Love You So
  
¥1580 (US$14.30)
Add To Want List
Lord Tanamo - I'm In The Mood For Love (Dif. Take)
7" Lord Tanamo - I'm In The Mood For Love (Dif. Take) / Aggrovators - Jaguar
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Lloyd Clarke - Summer Time
7" Lloyd Clarke - Summer Time Striker Lee
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Slim Smith, Uniques - People Rocksteady (Coloured Vinyl)
7" Slim Smith, Uniques - People Rocksteady (Coloured Vinyl) Lee's
  
¥900 (US$8.15)
Add To Want List
Dawn Penn - Me Never Hold You (Let Me Go Girl)
7" Dawn Penn - Me Never Hold You (Let Me Go Girl) / Slim Smith - Let Me Go Girl Striker Lee Let Me Go Girl
  
¥700 (US$6.34)
Add To Want List
Dawn Penn - To Sir With Love
7" Dawn Penn - To Sir With Love / Max Romeo - Man In Your Life Striker Lee To Sir With Love
  
¥700 (US$6.34)
Add To Want List
John Holt, Paragons - Memories By The Score
7" John Holt, Paragons - Memories By The Score Striker Lee Memories By The Score
  
¥1280 (US$11.59)
Add To Want List
Sensations - Lonely Lover
7" Sensations - Lonely Lover WIRL
  
¥900 (US$8.15)
Add To Want List
Val Bennett - Russians Are Coming
7" Val Bennett - Russians Are Coming / Derrick Morgan - Great Musical Striker Lee Russians Are Coming/Take 5
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
John Holt, Paragons - Man Next Door
7" John Holt, Paragons - Man Next Door / Dave Barker - Got To Get Away Striker Lee Man Next Door
  
¥800 (US$7.24)
Add To Want List
John Holt - Left With A Broken Heart
7" John Holt - Left With A Broken Heart Striker Lee
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Delroy Wilson - This Old Heart Of Mine
7" Delroy Wilson - This Old Heart Of Mine Striker Lee This Old Heart OF Mine
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Max Romeo - Wet Dream
7" Max Romeo - Wet Dream / Dave Barker - Wet Version Striker Lee Wet Dream
  
¥840 (US$7.60)
Add To Want List
Donny Elbert - Gather Round
7" Donny Elbert - Gather Round / Roy Shirley, Glen Adams - Dancing Train Striker Lee
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Delroy Wilson - Rain From The Sky
7" Delroy Wilson - Rain From The Sky Striker Lee Rain From The Sky
  
¥700 (US$6.34)
Add To Want List
John Holt - Stick By Me
7" John Holt - Stick By Me / Dennis Alcapone - Jumping Jack Striker Lee Stick By Me
  
¥700 (US$6.34)
Add To Want List
Horace Andy - Just Say Who
7" Horace Andy - Just Say Who / Jah Stitch - Black Harmony Killer Striker Lee Just Say Who
  
¥700 (US$6.34)
Add To Want List
John Holt - Rain From The Sky
7" John Holt - Rain From The Sky Striker Lee Rain From The Sky
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Max Romeo - We Love Jamaica (HS Noise)
7" Max Romeo - We Love Jamaica (HS Noise) Jaguar Slul
  
¥600 (US$5.43)
BUY
Delroy Wilson - Stick By Me
7" Delroy Wilson - Stick By Me Striker Lee Stick By Me
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Ken Boothe - When I Fall In Love
7" Ken Boothe - When I Fall In Love Striker Lee Money Money
  
¥700 (US$6.34)
Add To Want List
Cornell Campbell - Drifter
7" Cornell Campbell - Drifter / Jackie Edwards - Sharon Striker Lee Drifter
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Horace Andy - Money Money
7" Horace Andy - Money Money / Jah Stitch - Raggamuffin Style Striker Lee Money Money
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Horace Andy - Quiet Place
7" Horace Andy - Quiet Place / King Tubby, Aggrovators - Dub Place Gorgon UK Quiet Place
  
¥1180 (US$10.68)
BUY
Jacob Miller - Zion Gate Open
7" Jacob Miller - Zion Gate Open / Pwen Grat - Give A Helping Hand Striker Lee None Shall Escape
  
¥700 (US$6.34)
Add To Want List
Ken Boothe - Moving Away (I've Got Power)
7" Ken Boothe - Moving Away (I've Got Power) Striker Lee Moving Away
  
¥600 (US$5.43)
Add To Want List
John Holt - Tonight
7" John Holt - Tonight Striker Lee
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Johnny Clarke - Love Me Forever
7" Johnny Clarke - Love Me Forever / Dennis Alcapone - Rock Dme Capone Striker Lee Love Me Forever
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Linval Thompson - Jah Jah Is The Conqueror
7" Linval Thompson - Jah Jah Is The Conqueror Striker Lee Jah Jah Is The Conqueror
  
¥700 (US$6.34)
Add To Want List
Johnny Clarke - King In The Arena
7" Johnny Clarke - King In The Arena / King Tubby - Champion Version Jaguar Arena
  
¥600 (US$5.43)
BUY
John Holt - Up Park Camp
7" John Holt - Up Park Camp Striker Lee Get In The Groove/Up Park Camp
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Dennis Brown - Promise Land
7" Dennis Brown - Promise Land Striker Lee Promised Land/Love Fire
  
¥700 (US$6.34)
Add To Want List
Tappa Zukie, Errol Dunkley - Hit The Spot
7" Tappa Zukie, Errol Dunkley - Hit The Spot / Jah Stitch - Fix Your Trouble Striker Lee Stick By Me
  
¥570 ¥499 (US$4.52)
Add To Want List
Kymani Marley - No Woman No Cry
7" Kymani Marley - No Woman No Cry Striker Lee No Woman No Cry
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Recent Arrivals
Slim Smith - Let Me Go Girl
7" Slim Smith - Let Me Go Girl / Dawn Penn - Let Me Go Boy Jackpot Let Me Go Girl
  
¥1580 (US$14.30)
BUY
Best selling CD(s)
Lee Perry - Kung Fu Meets The Dragon (feat. Augustus Pablo)
CD Lee Perry - Kung Fu Meets The Dragon (feat. Augustus Pablo) Justice League UK
  
¥2480 (US$22.45)
BUY
Lee Perry - Return Of Wax
CD Lee Perry - Return Of Wax Justice League UK
  
¥2280 (US$20.64)
BUY
Lee Perry - Rastafari Liveth Itinually (1972-1979)
CD Lee Perry - Rastafari Liveth Itinually (1972-1979) Justice League UK
  
¥2280 (US$20.64)
BUY
Lee Perry - Black Arkives (1973-1975)
CD Lee Perry - Black Arkives (1973-1975) Justice League UK
  
¥2180 (US$19.73)
BUY
Beenie Man - BIG
CD Beenie Man - BIG Striker Lee CA
  
¥2080 ¥1768 (US$16.00)
BUY
>>more
Best selling LP(s)
Lee Perry - Kung Fu Meets The Dragon (feat. Augustus Pablo)
LP Lee Perry - Kung Fu Meets The Dragon (feat. Augustus Pablo) Justice League UK
  
¥4180 (US$37.84)
BUY
Lee Perry - Return Of Wax
LP Lee Perry - Return Of Wax Justice League UK
  
¥3480 (US$31.50)
BUY
Lee Perry - Rastafari Liveth Itinually (1972-1979)
LP Lee Perry - Rastafari Liveth Itinually (1972-1979) Justice League UK
  
¥2480 (US$22.45)
BUY
Lee Perry - Black Arkives (1973-1975)
LP Lee Perry - Black Arkives (1973-1975) Justice League UK
  
¥2480 (US$22.45)
BUY
Tullo T - Teacher
LP Tullo T - Teacher Justice UK (Org) Info: Original Press
  
¥4280 (US$38.74)
BUY
>>more
Best selling 10/12"(s)
Leroy Mafia; Mafia & Fluxy - My Guiding Star; A Hot Version
12" Leroy Mafia;Mafia & Fluxy - My Guiding Star; A Hot Version / Sugar Black;Mafia & Fluxy - Second Chance; Version Striker Lee UK My Guiding Star
  
¥1380 ¥699 (US$6.33)
BUY
Gully General - Going To The Ball
12" Gully General - Going To The Ball Justice US (Org)
  
¥1580 ¥640 (US$5.79)
BUY
>>more
Best selling 7"(s)
Pampidoo - New Body Rock
7" Pampidoo - New Body Rock / Nathan Skyers - Easy Striker Lee Sleng Teng
  
¥720 (US$6.52)
BUY
King Kong - Serious We Serious
7" King Kong - Serious We Serious / Nathan Skyers - Easy Striker Lee Sleng Teng
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
BUY
Tommy McCook - True Born African
7" Tommy McCook - True Born African Striker Lee Roots Natty Congo
  
¥840 (US$7.60)
BUY
Delroy Wilson - Who Cares
7" Delroy Wilson - Who Cares / U Roy Jr. - Version Jackpot US (Org) Info: Original Press
  
¥780 (US$7.06)
BUY
Cornell Campbell - Duke Of Earl
7" Cornell Campbell - Duke Of Earl / Tommy McCook - Duke Of Dub Justice Duke Of Earl
  
¥570 ¥299 (US$2.71)
BUY
>>more
Back