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
101 Big Big Pollution 2 Audio 2009 Jackpot (2)
102 Fatman Presents: Unleashed Dub From King Tubby's Studio Vol. 1 12 Audio 1991 Fat Man
103 Joker Smoker / Run Around 4 Audio 2003 Reggae Goldmine
104 Universal Dub 10 Audio 1995-12-00 Zola & Zola
105 Father Of Dub 65 Audio 2005 Music Digital
106 His Majestys Dub 9 Audio Sky Juice
107 The Dub Organiser 12 Audio 2000 Black Solidarity
108 The Roots Of Dub 11 Audio 1990 Blue Moon Productions
109 Answer The Dub 10 Audio 1996 Roots Tradition
110 His Imperial Majesty / Dread All The Way 2 Audio 2007 Dread At The Controls
111 At The Grass Roots Of Dub 10 Audio 2000
112 Reggae Rasta Dub 12 Audio Clocktower Records
113 Black & White In Dub 21 Audio 2007 Hot Pot
114 The Legendary Skatalites In Dub 15 Audio 2003-04-14 Motion Records (2)
115 Skylarkin / Skylarkin Dub 2 Audio 2008 Attack
116 Guiding Star / Dub Star 2 Audio Striker Lee
117 Hits Of The Past (Vol.2) 10 Audio 1982 Prophet Record
118 Lee Perry & King Tubby In Dub Confrontation 20 Audio 1999 Culture Press
119 Behold Him / Parrot Jungle 2 Audio 1978 Dread At The Controls
120 Dub Forever 42 Audio 2002-10-29 Delta Music (UK)
121 In A Tenement Yard 14 Audio 2006 Motion Records (2)
122 Surrounded By The Dreads 13 Audio 1998 Jet Star Records
123 Forward Jah Jah Children / The Big Rip Off 2 Audio 2004 Trojan Records
124 Jah Is My Guiding Star / Guiding Dub 2 Audio 2006 Stars
125 Lady Love / Lady Dub 2 Audio Gorgon Revival Style
126 Two Big Bull In A One Pen Dubwise 10 Audio Firehouse
127 I Am The King Volume Two 14 Audio 1995 Sprint Records
128 In The House Of Dub 22 Audio 2002-03-22 Graylan
129 In The House Of Vocal & Dub 14 Audio 1995-05-00 Graylan
130 King Tubby's "Controls" 14 Audio 1990 Abraham
131 More Dangerous Dub : Original Dub Classics Chapter 2 10 Audio 2008 Greensleeves Records
132 A Dance In A Greenwich Farm / A Dancing Roots Version 2 Audio 1975 Justice (2)
133 Black Foundation In Dub 17 Audio 2000 Heartbeat Records (2)
134 The Fatman Tapes 22 Audio 1999 Culture Press
135 Fatman Presents: Unleashed Dub From King Tubby's Studio Vol. 1 12 Audio 1991 Fat Man
136 Get Smart 2 Audio 1975 Third World
137 The Roots Of Dub 12 Audio 1975 Grounation
138 Jah Jah Dub / Don't Look Back 2 Audio Attack
139 At The Grass Roots Of Dub 10 Audio Studio 16
140 Natty Dread In Greenwich Farm / Just A Moment 4 Audio Attack Gold
141 Upset The Upsetter 8 Audio 1981 Live And Love
142 Dub Inventor Vol. 1 12 Audio Not On Label
143 In A Revival Dub 14 Audio 2009 Roots Records (4)
144 Bongo Natty / Natty Rhythm 2 Audio Clocktower Records
145 Cry Me A River / Bitter Dub 2 Audio Clocktower Records
146 In Dub Conference Vol. 2 10 Audio Moodisc Records International
147 The Roots Of Dub 12 Audio Abraham
148 In Dub Conference Volume One 10 Audio Moodisc Records International
149 Shalom Dub 16 Audio Attack (4)
150 Thankful To Jah 2 Audio Action (3)

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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