About ROD TAYLOR
Rod Taylor has a well-deserved reputation as one of the most crucial roots reggae singers to emerge in the golden years of the 1970s. He was born in 1957 and grew up in the Trenchtown (Rema) ghetto of the capital Kingston.
Like many of his peers, he began singing at a young age In 1975 he met producer Ossie Hibbert and cut his first tune “Bad Man Comes And Goes”, recorded at Channel One and released on the Hound Dog label. The corresponding DJ version by Dillinger “Nuh Chuck It” helped Rod’s cut get greater attention, and he started to make a name for himself.
Rod then released a succession of wicked 45s like “His Imperial Majesty” and “Hail HIM” for Mikey “Dread” Campbell; “No One Can Tell I About Jah” for Prince Far I and a vital album for Prince Hammer entitled “If Jah Should Come Now”. Most these classic cuts from this period are compiled onto the excellent Patate Records compilation “Ethiopian Kings 1975-80”.
In 1980 Rod cut the album “Where Is Your Love Mankind” for producer Henry “Junjo” lawes, which was released on the Greensleeves label. He continued to record throughout the 1980s
Rod re-emerge again, appearing at many live shows with Positive Roots Band and Mafia and Fluxy Band
he is continuing to records a lot and is still cutting some great Dubplates
Rod Taylor’s voice still sounds as fresh and clear as it did in his youthman days - expect to hear more classics from him in the years to come.