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)
Artist Hall of Fame

Johnny OsbourneText by Harry Hawks

A consummate, professional vocalist who demonstrated, time and time again, that there was room for a versatile veteran amongst the brash, younger rising stars of the dance hall.
Date Added: May 15, 2012, Date Updated: May 30, 2018 Copyright (C) 2019 Dub Store Sound Inc.
Real Name: Errol Osbourne
1948 -
Place of Birth: Jones Town
Jamaica
Related Artist(s):
Sugar Minott
Born 1948 Errol 'Johnny' Osbourne began his singing career in his early twenties for Winston 'Techniques' Riley as a member of The Wild Cats. 1969 proved to be a very eventful year for young Johnny Osbourne. That year he recorded his debut record, the wonderful 'All I Have Is Love' credited to Johnny Osbourne & The Wild Cats and released on the Coxsone label, for Mr Dodd(CS Dodd) at Studio One. Winston and Buster Riley then established their own company and Johnny returned to record for the brothers' new Techniques Records label. 'Come Back Darling', credited to Johnny Osbourne & The Sensations, proved to be one of their earliest and biggest hits. Johnny & The Sensations continued to record for Techniques and the 'Come Back Darling' album, featuring a selection of Johnny Osbourne's vocals alongside instrumental tracks from Johnny Organ, was released later that year. The story goes that Johnny apparently left Kingston, Jamaica and flew to Toronto, Canada on the day that work on the album was finished.

Johnny immersed himself in Toronto's musical scene and continued to develop his vocal expertise with a number of soul and reggae bands before joining The Ishan People. He recorded two albums as lead vocalist with the group but, when they disbanded in 1979, Johnny returned home where he recorded three very popular singles at Studio One: 'Jealousy, Hatred, Heartache & Pain', 'Forgive Them' and the beautiful 'Love Is Here To Stay' built around The Bassies' 'River Jordan'. All were big hits and Johnny carried on recording down on Brentford Road. His 'Truths & Rights' album, released the following year, was immediately acknowledged as a certified classic and, alongside Sugar Minott's 'Live Loving' and Freddie McGregor's 'Bobby Bobylon', heralded the renaissance of Studio One. All three long players emphasised the importance and relevance of the rhythms originated at Brentford Road in the sixties which now became the foundations of the dance hall style in the eighties. The key track on 'Truths & Rights', 'Sing Jay/Jah Stylee' grafted on to Alexander Henry's 'Please Be True' rhythm, not only introduced a brand new style but named it too and 'Sing Jay' became the accepted term for Jamaican singers performing like deejays.

Eleven years after making his first record Johnny Osbourne was now elevated to the first division of Jamaican singers and he began to make up for a decade away from Kingston's recording studios. He recorded two excellent albums in rapid succession for Henry 'Junjo' Lawes, 'Fally Lover' and 'Never Stop Fighting', which showcased a superb blend of love and reality songs backed by The Roots Radics. He also worked with Linval Thompson on 'Back Off' and 'Trying To Turn Me On' with Papa Tullo supplying the deejay counteraction which were both big twelve inch hits before settling down to work with Lloyd 'Prince Jammy' James. Jammy would soon be promoted to 'King Jammy' in recognition of his total dominance of the music of the eighties and Johnny Osbourne was one of the most consistent hit makers of Jammy's extensive stable of vocalists.

Their first album together, 'Folly Ranking', was a critique of the role of the gun in Kingston's ghettos and berated those who believed in the fallacy that violence offered any solutions; the autobiographical 'Trenchtown School' was an affirmation of where the artists and musicians who made reggae music were coming from. Life in the ghettos of Trenchtown was never easy and the lot of the sufferer has always been alleviated by the joys of music... "forget your troubles and dance" . 'Water Pumping', a huge hit adapted from Hopeton Lewis' seminal rock steady outing 'Take It Easy', was a celebration of yet another of Kingston's innumerable dance trends.

It has been argued that the direction now taken by the music, and the lyrics in particular, were ephemeral and avoided facing up to the realities of the Jamaican situation. But as the best known proponent of 'rebel' music pointed out music can be entertaining as well as instructive:

"Reggae doesn't have to be political, or angry. It can be about anything. Most things are worth making music about." Bob Marley

Jammys production of Wayne Smith's 'Under Me Sleng Teng' in 1985 ushered in the 'digital' era and computer driven rhythms became the next crucial phase in reggae music's development. Johnny's 'Buddy Bye' was one of the most popular of the countless cuts of the 'Sleng Teng' rhythm which he followed up with a series of releases praising King Jammy's Super Power sound system including 'In The Area' and 'Dub Plate Playing'. 'No Sound Like We' could be read as recommending both Jammy's sound system and the revolutionary sound of Jammy's digital recordings.

Equally confident and assured on 'profound' and 'superficial' subject matter Johnny Osbourne has retained his pre-eminent position ever since and his popularity, with both the record buying public and the critics, has never faltered. After a long absence from the local stage he made a triumphant return in January 2012 for the Rebel Salute in St. Elizabeth where he told Cecelia Campbell-Livingston that if an artist has not "left something that can tell their story on the road of time. If you retire, and no one can't recall a song you did, it's a wasted career." No-one could ever accuse Johnny Osbourne of this...
May 15, 2012 (May 30, 2018 Update) Text by Harry Hawks
>>Search all items by this artist
Hit titles
Johnny Osbourne - Come Back Darling + Warrior
CD Johnny Osbourne - Come Back Darling + Warrior Techniques
  
¥1980 (US$17.92)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Truths & Rights
CD Johnny Osbourne - Truths & Rights Heartbeat US/Studio One Info: Deleted
  
¥2380 (US$21.54)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Mr. Budy Bye (Jammys Productions)
CD Johnny Osbourne - Mr. Budy Bye (Jammys Productions) VP US
  
¥2080 ¥1980 (US$17.92)
BUY
Johnny Osbourne - Come Back Darling (With The Sensations) (ジャケットダメージ)
LP Johnny Osbourne - Come Back Darling (With The Sensations) (ジャケットダメージ) Techniques
  
¥2380 (US$21.54)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Truth & Rights
LP Johnny Osbourne - Truth & Rights Studio One
  
¥3280 (US$29.68)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Mr. Budy Bye (Jammys Productions)
LP Johnny Osbourne - Mr. Budy Bye (Jammys Productions) VP US
  
¥2980 (US$26.97)
BUY
Sensations - Those Guys
7" Sensations - Those Guys Techniques Those Guys
  
¥800 (US$7.24)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Come Back Darling
7" Johnny Osbourne - Come Back Darling Techniques Come Back Darling
  
¥800 (US$7.24)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Ready Or Not
7" Johnny Osbourne - Ready Or Not Techniques Ready Or Not
  
¥600 (US$5.43)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Murderer
7" Johnny Osbourne - Murderer Studio One Heavenless
  
¥850 (US$7.69)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Truth & Rights
7" Johnny Osbourne - Truth & Rights Studio One Take A Ride/Truth & Rights
  
¥850 (US$7.69)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Ice Cream Love
7" Johnny Osbourne - Ice Cream Love / Roots Radics - Version Volcano/Jah Guidance UK Joe Frasier
  
¥1380 (US$12.49)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Lend Me Your 16
7" Johnny Osbourne - Lend Me Your 16 Studio One Real Rock
  
¥850 (US$7.69)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Yo Yo
7" Johnny Osbourne - Yo Yo Black Zodiac Yo Yo
  
¥600 (US$5.43)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Bring The Sensi Come
7" Johnny Osbourne - Bring The Sensi Come / Roots Radics - Bring The Dub Midnight Rock African Beat/Under Mi Sensi
  
¥600 (US$5.43)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Rub A Dub Party
7" Johnny Osbourne - Rub A Dub Party / Unknown - Unknown Inst. Studio One Party Time
  
¥850 (US$7.69)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Can't Buy My Love
7" Johnny Osbourne - Can't Buy My Love Midnight Rock Swing Easy
  
¥700 (US$6.34)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Water Pumping
7" Johnny Osbourne - Water Pumping Jammys Take It Easy
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Too Bad Daughter
7" Johnny Osbourne - Too Bad Daughter Volcano Kingdom Rise Kingdom Fall
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Ice Cream Love
7" Johnny Osbourne - Ice Cream Love Volcano Ice Cream Love
  
¥900 (US$8.15)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - No Sound Like We
7" Johnny Osbourne - No Sound Like We Jammys Tempo
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - For The Longest Time
7" Johnny Osbourne - For The Longest Time Cash & Carry Billy Joel Hit
  
¥600 (US$5.43)
Add To Want List
Cocoa Tea - Girls Go Home
7" Cocoa Tea - Girls Go Home Jammys Tonight/Lots Of Sign
  
¥600 (US$5.43)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - On The Right Track
7" Johnny Osbourne - On The Right Track Jammys Come Again/Cat Pow
  
¥600 (US$5.43)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Fire Fire
7" Johnny Osbourne - Fire Fire Jammys
  
¥570 ¥399 (US$3.61)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne, Lady G - Sweet Mouth
7" Johnny Osbourne, Lady G - Sweet Mouth Anchor/Music Works
  
¥900 (US$8.15)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Trickster
7" Johnny Osbourne - Trickster Music Works
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne, Junior Delgado - Cover To Cover (Label Damage)
7" Johnny Osbourne, Junior Delgado - Cover To Cover (Label Damage) / Jackie Mittoo - Killer Skengdon (Org) Info: Original Press
  
¥799 ¥499 (US$4.52)
BUY
Johnny Osbourne - Reason
7" Johnny Osbourne - Reason Steely & Clevie Taxi
  
¥600 (US$5.43)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Little Sound Boy
7" Johnny Osbourne - Little Sound Boy Digital B Far East/Jah Sharkey
  
¥700 (US$6.34)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Tin Pan Sound
7" Johnny Osbourne - Tin Pan Sound Jammys Love Is Not A Gamble
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Dollar Wine
7" Johnny Osbourne - Dollar Wine Jammys Jump Up/Kuff
  
¥600 (US$5.43)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Dance With Me Right Now
7" Johnny Osbourne - Dance With Me Right Now Pisces (Org) Info: Original Press
  
¥600 (US$5.43)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - No Ice Cream Sound
7" Johnny Osbourne - No Ice Cream Sound Jammys Real Rock
  
¥600 (US$5.43)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Play Play Girl
7" Johnny Osbourne - Play Play Girl Digital B Feeling Soul/Fire Burning
  
¥600 (US$5.43)
Add To Want List
Johnny P, Johnny Osbourne - I Shall Not Remove
7" Johnny P, Johnny Osbourne - I Shall Not Remove Top Rank
  
¥570 (US$5.16)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Gangster Sound
7" Johnny Osbourne - Gangster Sound Jammys Arena
  
¥600 (US$5.43)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Rock A Dub
7" Johnny Osbourne - Rock A Dub Penthouse Vintage Pressure & Slide
  
¥980 (US$8.87)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne, Johnny P - My Sound Will Reign
7" Johnny Osbourne, Johnny P - My Sound Will Reign Top Rank Shank I Sheck
  
¥570 ¥499 (US$4.52)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Rub A Dub
7" Johnny Osbourne - Rub A Dub Massive B US Stalag
  
¥840 (US$7.60)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Jah Promise
7" Johnny Osbourne - Jah Promise Rads Records UK Jah Promise
  
¥1280 (US$11.58)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - People A Watch Me
7" Johnny Osbourne - People A Watch Me Studio One
  
¥1280 (US$11.58)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - Truth And Rights
7" Johnny Osbourne - Truth And Rights / Johnny Osbourne, Burro Banton - Truth Massive B US Take A Ride/Truth & Rights
  
¥840 (US$7.60)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne, Wayne Smith - Conscious Anthem
7" Johnny Osbourne, Wayne Smith - Conscious Anthem / Basque Dub Foundation - Melodica Rock Heartical UK Real Rock
  
¥900 (US$8.15)
Add To Want List
Johnny Osbourne - War Season
7" Johnny Osbourne - War Season / Basque Dub Foundation, Dub Student - Dubbing With Fire Heartical EU Promised Land/Love Fire
  
¥900 (US$8.15)
Add To Want List
Recent arrival(s)
Johnny Osbourne - Reggae Fever
LP Johnny Osbourne - Reggae Fever Abraham CA
¥2380 (US$21.54)
BUY
Best selling LP(s)
Johnny Osbourne - Mr. Budy Bye (Jammys Productions)
LP Johnny Osbourne - Mr. Budy Bye (Jammys Productions) VP US
  
¥2980 (US$26.97)
BUY
Johnny Osbourne - Folly Ranking
LP Johnny Osbourne - Folly Ranking VP US
  
¥2980 (US$26.97)
BUY
Johnny Osbourne, Ninjaman, Horace Andy, Sluggy Ranks - Mr. Doo Volume 1
LP Johnny Osbourne, Ninjaman, Horace Andy, Sluggy Ranks - Mr. Doo Volume 1 Mr. Doo US (Org) Arena Info: Original Press
  
¥3580 ¥3180 (US$28.78)
BUY
Johnny Osbourne - Never Stop Fighting
LP Johnny Osbourne - Never Stop Fighting Greensleeves UK
  
¥3180 (US$28.78)
BUY
>>more
Best selling 10/12"(s)
Johnny Osbourne; Roots Radics - Baccara; Dub
10" Johnny Osbourne;Roots Radics - Baccara; Dub / Johnny Osbourne;Roots Radics - Give A Little Love; Dub Volcano/Jah Guidance UK
  
¥1890 (US$17.10)
BUY
Foxy Brown - Baby Can I Hold You Tonight
12" Foxy Brown - Baby Can I Hold You Tonight / Johnny Osbourne - Resons Steely & Clevie Taxi
  
¥1280 ¥920 (US$8.33)
BUY
Heptones - Got To Fight On
12" Heptones - Got To Fight On / Johnny Osbourne - Time A Run Out Soul Jazz Records UK/Studio One Heptones Gonna Fight B: Hot Milk
  
¥1780 (US$16.11)
BUY
Johnny Osbourne - Peaceful Man
12" Johnny Osbourne - Peaceful Man Witty/Jah Fingers UK
  
¥2380 (US$21.54)
BUY
Johnny Osbourne - Fire Fire
12" Johnny Osbourne - Fire Fire Jammys US (Org)
  
¥2580 ¥1180 (US$10.68)
BUY
>>more
Best selling 7"(s)
Johnny Osbourne - We Gonna Rock It Tonight (Dub Plate Playing)
7" Johnny Osbourne - We Gonna Rock It Tonight (Dub Plate Playing) Jammys/Dub Store Records JPN Heavenless
   In the late 80's, not only Jammys but also many labels tried to score some hits by remake of a foundation rhythm 'Heavenless'. Among Jammys catalogue on this rhythm, 'We Gonna Rock It Tonight (Dub Plate Playing)' by Johnny Osbourne is known as the most popular number. Often hear sound systems playing this dub plates.
¥1280 (US$11.58)
BUY
Johnny Osbourne - In The Area (What A La La)
7" Johnny Osbourne - In The Area (What A La La) Jammys/Dub Store Records JPN Stalag
   Among rhythms produced in 80's dancehall scene, 'Sleng Teng' by King Jammy and Firehouse produced 'Tempo' are considerably the most respected; however, you can never forget 'Stalag' rhythm by Winston Riley lead Techniques, too. King Jammy reproduced this 'Stalag' rhythm with Sly & Robbie and in result, it created shadier atmosphere in comparison to the original Techniques' version. This is certainly another anthem of Jammys!
¥1280 (US$11.58)
BUY
Johnny Osbourne - Inflation
7" Johnny Osbourne - Inflation Techniques/Dub Store Records JPN
   80's killer roots by Johnny Osbourne included in his classic album “Warrior” for Techniques. Soulful vocal and strong message is second to none. Backed with a straight version.
¥1480 (US$13.39)
BUY
Johnny Osbourne, Junior Delgado - Cover To Cover (Label Damage)
7" Johnny Osbourne, Junior Delgado - Cover To Cover (Label Damage) / Jackie Mittoo - Killer Skengdon (Org) Info: Original Press
  
¥799 ¥499 (US$4.52)
BUY
Johnny Osbourne - Dance Trouble Away
7" Johnny Osbourne - Dance Trouble Away Steady Music JPN
  
¥1296 (US$11.73)
BUY
>>more
Back