Earl Lowe, aka Little Roy was born in Witfield Town in Kingston, Jamaica in 1953..
He was inspired at an early age by the song writing efforts of his older brother Campbell, as a 13-year-old Earl auditioned for Jackie Mittoo with one of his brother’s songs “I’m Going to Cool It” at the legendary Studio One.
Soon after Ear moved on ad teamed up with producer Prince Buster., who named him Little Roy, the singer only voiced a pair of tracks for Buster before moving on again to the stable of Lloyd “Matador” Daley. Backed by the Hippy Boys, Roy scored his first hit with “Bongo Nyah” in 1969, a song that held the number one slot of the Jamaican record charts during the weeks that followed.
By this time, Roy had begun exploring the teachings of Rastafari, having become acquainted with followers in the Washington Gardens area. This turning point led to the crucial decision to seek complete creative control over his music.
Deeming the Jamaican recording establishment too conservative for his choice of subject matter, Roy formed his own Tafari and Earth labels with the help of Munchie Jackson and Lloyd Barnes. In 1974, he came knocking on the door of the Black Ark, the studio run by Washington Gardens resident Lee “Scratch” Perry, an eclectic producer known to be sympathetic to the Rastas.
Perry set aside studio time for the recording of both “Black Bird” and “Tribal War.”
More recently in 2011 Little Roy has released an album of Nirvana’s cover songs “Battle for Seattle” produced with the input of Prince Fatty, British producer Mike Pelancoli.
The album has been very well accepted by public and critics alike and has contributed to introduce Little Roy to a wider crowd.
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