Winston Jarrett was born in 1944 in Lime Tree Gardens in the parish of Saint Ann, Jamaica. He moved to Trenchtown where he met Alton Ellis who recruited him and Eggar Gordon (Baby Gee) and formed Alton & The Flames.
The Flames did a number of early classics like ‘Cry Tough,’ ‘Dance Crasher,’ ‘The Preacher’, and ‘I Have Got A Date.’ The Flames were recording for Duke Reid, but were lured away by Sir Coxsone. Alton moved to England in 1969 and Winston reformed the group as The Righteous Flames.
In addition to 17 albums and dozens of solo and compilation recordings (see discography) , Winston backed up Ken Boothe, Marcia Griffiths and Winston Francis. He also worked with Enid Cumberland and Larry Marshall. Winston recorded over a hundred titles during the early seventies for Joe Gibbs and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry among others.
Your browser may not support display of this image.On ‘Zion’ and other Perry productions, he is joined by Danny Clarke, and the Meditations. Winston also produced a string of fine releases on his own Attra, Human Rights and Humble labels. In The late 70’s he cut fine albums for Brent Clarke (‘Kingston Rock’), Roy Cousins (‘Wise Man’), and two co-productions with Tony Shabazz (‘Man Of The Ghetto’ and ‘Ranking Ghetto Style’).
Studio One released Crucial Times as part of it’s 50th Anniversary celebrations. Produced by Coxone Dodd, this album shows once again why this man from Trenchtown is still a reggae legend.
So fear not the Almighty Dread
For every mouth shall be fed
So work up yourself, oh ye rebels,
Fear not the Almighty Dread
So I say work up yourself
So I say set up yourself, set up yourself,
Behold, I send my sons and daughters forth into this world,
Not to condemn the world, but through Him we will be saved from this
Abomination to Eternal Life.
The Lion of Judah will break every chain.