Don Carlos

Don Carlos a.k.a. Don McCarlos (born Euvin Spencer, 29 June 1952) is a Jamaican reggae singer and composer, who began singing in 1974 as a member of Black Uhuru. He sang alongside Garth Dennis and Derrick Simpson the leader of the trio. Don played a key role in the recordings of the highly acclaimed Love Crisis album, produced by Prince Jammy in 1977 which was later re-released as The Black Sounds of Freedom. After some time finding his sound as a soloist Carlos blossomed in May 1981 releasing the heavy cultural roots album Suffering for Negus Roots.

He has since become very popular in the live scene and has released twelve solo albums working alongside Gold, his backup vocalist and co writer. Some of his most notable albums include Harvest Time, Day to Day Living and Them Never Know a Natty Dread were released in 1982.  

Though Carlos' solo peak period was during the 80's dance hall craze he still maintains his roots flavor. In 1988 he recorded Jingle Bells with Glenice Spenser on A Reggae Christmas on RAS Records. In 1990 he re-united as the lead vocal for a Black Uhuru album. Don continues to grow in popularity and still performs all over the world.

Links to Peel

Peel got to know Don Carlos' music through his work in Black Uhuru and when the former went solo, many of his records were played by the DJ. A particular favourite of Peel from Don Carlos was the track, "Late Night Blues", which was played frequently on his shows and was included on the Peel mix album FabricLive.07, released in 2002.

Shows Played

Don Carlos- Nice Time (Late Night Blues)

Don Carlos- Nice Time (Late Night Blues)

  • 30 May 1992: Plantation (album - Ghetto Living) Tamoki Wambesi
  • 06 October 1995: Nice Time [Late Night Blues] (Various Artists 2xLP -Classic Reggae Mastercuts Volume 1) Mastercuts

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