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
351 Left With A Broken Heart 2 Audio Explosion (2)
352 Move Out Of Babylon Rastaman / A Moving Version 2 Audio Prophecy
353 Rock With Me Baby / A Crabit Version 2 Audio Clocktower Records
354 Hits Of The Past Vol 2 10 Audio Vivian Jackson (Yabby You)
355 Dub Mix Up - Rare Dubs 1975 - 1979 12 Audio Jamaican Recordings
356 Big Big Pollution 2 Audio Fat Man
357 Don't You Cut Off Yod Dread Locks 2 Audio 1975 Justice (2)
358 The Duke Of Earl / A Miserable Version 2 Audio Attack (4)
359 Dangerous Dub 10 Audio 1981 Copasetic Records
360 Dub From The Roots 14 Audio 2010 Jamaican Recordings
361 Zambia 2 Audio 1976 Jammy's Records
362 Cant You Understand / Locks Of Dub 2 Audio 1979 Black & White (2)
363 The Killer / A Killer Dub 2 Audio 1975 Clocktower Records
364 King Tubby Meet Vivian Jackson (Yabby You) 14 Audio Prophet Record
365 True Believer In Love / Hardest Version 2 Audio Clocktower Records
366 Don't Want To Be No Rude Boy / Rude Boy Dub 2 Audio 2014 Clocktower Records
367 Left With A Broken Heart / Straight To Andy's Head 2 Audio Explosion (2)
368 Surrounded By The Dreads 13 Audio Studio 16
369 All In The Game / Games Man Skank 2 Audio Black & White (2)
370 Behold Him / Parrot Jungle 2 Audio 2007 Dread At The Controls
371 Rock With Me Baby / A Crabit Version 2 Audio Monica's Records
372 Black Black Mind / Travellers Under Heavy Manners 2 Audio Black Spade Records
373 Jah Jah Dub / Don't Look Back 2 Audio Jackpot (2)
374 Pick-A-Dub 11 Audio Jusic International
375 For The Rest Of My Life / Corner Skank 2 Audio Black & White (2)
376 Its Love, Love / A Wonderful Version 2 Audio Justice (2)
377 "Ina Reggae Dub Style" "Dis A Yard Dub" 16 Audio 2004 Abraham
378 Don't Be A Rude Boy / A Rude Dubwise 2 Audio Clocktower Records
379 The Duke Of Earl / A Miserable Version 2 Audio Prophecy
380 Duke Of Earl / A Miserable Version 2 Audio Clocktower Records
381 Pure Ranking / Whip Them Jah Jah 3 Audio 1979 Sufferers Heights
382 Cool Pon Yu Corner / Cool Pon Yu Corner Version 2 Audio 2013 Jackpot (2)
383 Bring Your Loving / Lovers Skank 2 Audio 2014 Black & White (2)
384 The Sound Of Channel One: King Tubby Connection 30 Audio 1999-00-00 Guava Jelly


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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