King Tubby

Osbourne Ruddock

Also known as Emperor Of Dub His Majesty King Tubby's, The, King (Osbourne Ruddock) Tubby, King Himself, The, King Tubb's, King Tubbies, King Tubby "The Dubmaster", King Tubby The Dub Master, King Tubby The Dubmaster, King Tubby's, King Tubby's Alias Osbourne Ruddock, King Tubby's All Stars, King Tubby's Special, King Tubby´s, King Tubbys, King Tubbys / Orline Ruddock, King Tubbys Alias Osbourne Ruddock, King Tubbystyle, King Tuby, King, The, Mighty King Tubby's, The, T. Tubby, Tubby, Tubby At The Control, Tubby King, Tubby's, Tubbys
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Discography of King Tubby:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 King Tubby's Lost Treasures 12 Audio 2001 Jamaican Recordings
2 Morpheus Special (Kid Loco Remixes) 4 Audio 2001 Select Cuts
3 Freedom Sounds In Dub 12 Audio 1996 Blood & Fire
4 Termination Dub (1973-79) 12 Audio 1996 Blood & Fire
5 King Tubby's Special 1973-1976 30 Audio 1989 Trojan Records
6 King Dub 20 Audio 2001 Nascente
7 At The Grass Roots Of Dub 10 Audio 2005 Studio 16
8 Bag A Wire 2 Audio 2001 Select Cuts
9 Dub Gone 2 Crazy: In Fine Style 1975-1979 14 Audio 1996 Blood & Fire
10 In A World Of Dub 14 Audio 1996 Burning Sounds
11 100% Of Dub 20 Audio 2003-01-17 Select Cuts
12 Select Cuts From Blood & Fire 2 Audio 2000 Select Cuts
13 Dub Gone 2 Crazy: In Fine Style 1975-1979 14 Audio 1996 Blood & Fire
14 Dub Me 14 Audio 1997 Blood & Fire
15 King Tubby's Dancehall Style Dub 14 Audio 1998 Clocktower Records
16 Termination Dub (1973-79) 14 Audio 1996 Blood & Fire
17 King Tubby's Boom Sound Vol. 4 10 Audio 1983 Prophet Record
18 "Ina Reggae Dub Style" "Dis A Yard Dub" 16 Audio 1979 Abraham
19 Presents The Roots Of Dub 12 Audio 1976 Clocktower Records
20 In Dub Conference Vol. 2 10 Audio Moodisc Records
21 Foundation Of Dub 28 Audio 2001
22 In Dub Conference Vol. 3 9 Audio 1978 Moodisc Records
23 In Dub Conference Volume One 10 Audio Moodisc Records International
24 Heroes Of Reggae In Dub 9 Audio 1999 Motion Records (2)
25 The Ghost Of King Tubby & Yabby You (Vol.3) 10 Audio 1982
26 King Tubby... At The Controls 22 Audio 1999 Trojan Records
27 The Roots Of Dub 12 Audio 1990 Blue Moon Productions
28 The Fatman Tapes II 21 Audio 2000 Culture Press
29 Stalag 80 / Jah Station / Jah Dub 3 Audio 2003 Clocktower Records
30 The Legendary Skatalites In Dub 10 Audio 2003 Motion Records (2)
31 100% Of Dub 20 Audio 2003 Select Cuts
32 Blessed Dub / Cold Hearted Dub 2 Audio 2001 Jamaican Recordings
33 King Tubby's "African Love Dub" 1974 - 1979 14 Audio 2004 Clocktower Records
34 In The Mix 30 Audio 2001 Recall 2cd
35 The Dub Master Presents The Roots Of Dub And Dub From The Roots 28 Audio 2003 Moll-Selekta
36 Blood Dunza / Don't Trouble Trouble 5 Audio 2003
37 Radikal Roots Re-Edits Volume 5 2 Audio 2004 Roots Radics
38 At Dub Station 14 Audio 1996 Burning Sounds
39 Every Knee Shall Bow 2 Audio Jackpot (2)
40 King Tubby Meet Vivian Jackson (Yabby You) 14 Audio Prophet Record
41 At Dub Station 14 Audio 1996 Burning Sounds
42 A Sweeten' Dub 12 Audio 2002 Orange Street
43 King Tubby's "Rastafari Dub" (1974 - 1979) 12 Audio 2004 Clocktower Records
44 King Tubby's Special 1973-1976 30 Audio 1989 Trojan Records
45 First, Second And Third Generation Of Dub 8 Audio 1981 KG Imperial
46 Dangerous Dub 14 Audio 1996 Greensleeves Records
47 U-Roy Meets King Tubbys 14 Audio 2005 Attack
48 Dub Jackpot 14 Audio 1990 Attack
49 Megawatt Dub 13 Audio 1997 Shanachie
50 In Roots Vibes 14 Audio 1998 Culture Press


Born January 28th 1941, King Tubby is known primarily for his influence on the development of dub in the 1960s. In the 1950s, King Tubby's musical career began with the sound systems, set up on the streets of Kingston and playing dance music for the people. As a radio repairman, Tubby soon became quite helpful at most of the sound systems around.

Tubby began working with [a=Arthur "Duke" Reid] in 1968. At [l=Treasure Isle], a studio, Tubby began making remixes of hit songs, usually by simply removing the vocals. In time, Tubby (and others) began shifting the emphasis in the instrumentals, adding sounds and removing others and adding various special effects, like echoes. By 1971, Tubby's soundsystem was one of the most popular in Kingston and he decided to open a studio of his own. His remixes soon proved enormously popular, and he became one of the biggest celebrities in Jamaica.

During the 1970s, Tubby's work in the studio gave rise to modern dub music. He had a long string of hit songs, and worked as a producer for some of Jamaica's most popular artists, including [a=Lee Perry], [a=Bunny Lee], [a=Augustus Pablo] and [a=Yabby You]. In 1973, he began recording vocals to put along the instrumentals. By the later part of the decade though, King Tubby had mostly retired from music, still occasionally recording remixes and tutoring a new generation of artists, including [a=King Jammy] and [a=Scientist].

In the 1980s, he focused on production for [a=Anthony Red Rose], [a=Sugar Minott] and other popular musicians, for his [l=Firehouse] group of labels. He was shot and killed by unknown persons, probably in a robbery attempt, in 1989, February 06th.


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