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Johnny Osbourne (born Errol Osbourne, 1948) is one of the most popular Jamaican reggae and dancehall singers of all time, who rose to success in the late 1970s and mid-1980s. His album “Truths and Rights” was a roots reggae success, and featured "Jah Promise" and the album's title track, "Truths and Rights".

Johnny also enjoyed big hits with covers of U.S. soul tunes like "Ready Or Not" and Earth Wind and Fire's "Reasons". In addition, he has had many songs with the phrase Rub A Dub in the title, the most acclaimed of these is to the Rub A Dub Session. Osbourne is also the most in-demand vocalist for dubplates due to the amount of dancehall classics he has had. This has resulted in the nickname Dancehall Godfather.

He is probably best known for his mid-1980s dancehall reggae hits "Buddy Bye" (based on King Jammy's Sleng Teng riddim), "Ice Cream Love" and "Water Pumping".

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Links To Peel

Peel played Johnny Osbourne regularly on his shows through the 1980s, tracking the singer's evolution from roots reggae to dancehall, but less often in later years.

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Shows Played

1981
1982
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Johnny Osbourne - Water Pumping

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