Reggae pioneer Ansel Collins

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Reggae pioneer Ansel Collins back blazing the musical trail with new singles, tours and more. Collins is mostly known for his instrumentals his “Double Barrel” became the first million seller for a Reggae duo, (a single he recorded with Dave Barker) on the UK charts in the late 60’s.

Since then Collins has recorded and released countless hits like Monkey Spanner and Stalag 17. Ansel Collins has played on countless recordings for some of reggae’s most well-known artists. Born in Jamaica, Collins began his musical career in the ’60s as a singer but soon switched to first drums and then keyboards quickly after.

He first rose to prominence in 1971 with “Double Barrel,” a duo done with Dave Barker. The song was the first Jamaican song to scale to the number one spot on the British singles chart, and the duo’s follow-up, “Monkey Spanner,” did nearly as well, entering the Top Ten.
Following these hits, Collins wrote the song “Stalag 17”,  the song became a top seller in Jamaica in 1973 and was later covered extensively by dancehall artists. One of the most popular song ever to be produced on that instrumental was “Ring the Alarm” by the late reggae artist Tenor Saw.
Collins who discovered the duo Sly & Robbie, worked extensively with them at the Channel One Studio and regularly played with the Revolutionaries and the Aggrovators, both of them groundbreaking dub bands. He also worked with many of the decade’s most legendary producers such as King Tubby and Lee Perry.  Throughout the ’80s and into the ’90s, Collins worked with many of reggae’s most popular artists: Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, Gregory Isaacs, Israel Vibration, U-Roy, and many more.

His next best known instrumental was covered by Sly & Robbie and made into a Reggae staple with the release of Chaka Demus & Pliers hit single “Murder She Wrote”.

Ansel Collins is also the uncle of Roots reggae singer “I-Wayne”.

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