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Winston Francis

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Biography

Reggae artist Winston Francis has been a supporter of the genre since its birth in Jamaica during the '60s. During the aforementioned decade, he was a member of such outfits as the Sheridans (which also included future noted reggae musician Pat Kelly), before joining and singing with Carlos Malcolm & the Afro Jamaicans. By the late '60s, Francis had relocated to the United States and was introduced to renowned reggae producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd (who earlier helped shape the career of Bob Marley), taking Francis under his wing and signing him to his label, Studio One. Hits quickly followed, including a remake of the Mamas & the Papas' classic "California Dreaming," as well as one of his best-known tracks, "Mr. Fix It." In addition to guesting on other artist's records (including his old pal Pat Kelly's 1995 release, Butterflies), Francis continued to release albums throughout the '90s — including such titles as Ragga Love, Sweet Rock Steady, and a compilation of Francis' best tracks from over the years, "Mr. Fix It"/"California Dreaming," on the Sprint Music/Studio One label.

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Born:

1948 in Kingston, Jamaica

Genre
Years Active:

'80s, '90s

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