became immortal in 1969 – with his track «Skylarking». In the 70’s he was one of the leading voices of Roots reggae working with dub pioneers like King Tubby and Prince Jammy, before he moved to the UK in 1985. Here he first worked with Mad Professor and then saw his profile raised even further when he began collaborating with Massive Attack, going to sing on all of their five albums.
Hey, I am always young.
I have never taken a bath. I think this is for ladies.
I have not done that in years.
I can’t tell cause I can’t remember when I ever do that.
I would never do that.
I can’t remember because I haven’t in years.
I would never do that.
Only my own CDs.
I can’t play a song because I am mad.
I don’t listen to music when making love.
I haven’t play that for years.
I only read a lot.
I listen to everything.
I have never spent a night in one.
I can’t remember staying in bed.
I only read a paper.
I don’t listen to music. I watch the news.
Top 10 all-time favorite songs
(Stax, 1968). I love that song when I was growing up as a young man, because I used to love going down to the docks and watch the ships and the birds, and sing that song.
(Doctor Bird, 1967). I grew up living in tenement yards and people would fuss with eachother all the time and cheat each other behind their backs and then smile with each other. That’s what this tune is about: «Dem cut, cut, cut gainst 'em one another; oh, dem teach to love one another; See de 'ypocrites, dem a-galang deh! Man, go!»
(ABC, 1961). He is one of my favourite singers till this day and I love that song. I would love to sing it over with Marcia Griffiths one day if she says yes.
(Heartbeat, 1976). Because of the lyrics so truthful and so real and I still love it to this day. «There is a land far, far away... where there's no night, there's only day... look into the book of life and you will see... that there's a land far, far away... Satta Massagana Ahamlack, ulaghize»
(Beverly, 1968). That’s one of my all time favourite songs. I use to say why send a man like that to jail for a little spliff when he is Jamaica’s idol. But that is so wicked Babylon stay with their wicked laws. (ed: the lyrics of the song describe Toot’s time in prison for an arrest for possession of marijuana. 54-46 was Toot’s prison ID number during his servitude, and the original recording was made shortly after his release. Being one of the first ska songs to receive widespread popularity outside Jamaica.)
(Island, 1973). That song opened up my eyes to a lot of things. It made me so wise to what was going on around the world against oppressed people.
(Island, 1975). It taught me a lot about the great man and make me a wiser young man to know that each one is equal in the site of the lord.
(Motown, 1971). It was about the war that was going on in Vietnam and my heart goes out to the young people dying for nothing. I think I was very sad when I heard this album for the first time.
(Island, 1977). That song is so spiritual. It’s a song that has such a good meaning and if people would take a closer look at it and its meaning, we would have a better world (smile).
(CBS, 1977)I think that song helped to free the people of South Africa cause it was about what was going on at that time. And it helped the freedom fighters to fight much harder for freedom.