Billy Boyo

Billy Theophilus Rowe

Also known as B. Boyo, Billi Boyo, Billy Boy, Billy Boy O, Billy Boyd, Billy. B

Discography of Billy Boyo:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Billy Boyo On The Go 2 Audio 1982 Greensleeves Records
2 Itie-Titie-Girl / Righteousness 2 Audio 1982 Greensleeves Records
3 Roast Fish & Cornbread / Wicked She Wicked 2 Audio 1982 Greensleeves Records
4 Janet Sinclair 2 Audio 1982 Greensleeves Records
5 DJ Clash Volume 2 10 Audio 1983 Greensleeves Records
6 Let Go This One / One Spliff A Day 2 Audio 1981 Greensleeves Records
7 Joker Lover / Scandal 2 Audio 1983 Jah Guidance
8 DJ Clash Volume 2 10 Audio 2008 Greensleeves Records
9 Isabel / One Morning / Radication Dehbout 2 Audio Rusty International
10 Ready For Love / Space 2 Audio Youth In Progress
11 What You Want To Be 2 Audio 1982 Rusty International
12 Lost Mi Love / Billy Boyo In The Area 2 Audio Jah Guidance
13 Nobody Move Nobody Get Hurt / Check In 2 Audio Jah Guidance
14 What You Want To Be 2 Audio 1982 Rusty International
15 Brandy 2 Audio 1982 Music Lovers
16 DJ Clash: 3 The Hard Way 15 Audio 2008 Greensleeves Records
17 Bubbling Up / Musician Them A Money Man 2 Audio 1984 Live & Learn Records
18 What You Want To Be (Disc Jockey) 3 Audio 2010 Dug Out
19 Wicked She Wicked 2 Audio 2010 Jah Guidance
20 Joker Lover / Scandal 2 Audio 1982 Greensleeves Records
21 Brandy 3 Audio 2011-10-10 Spring Hill Records
22 Isabel / One Morning 2 Audio 2011 Youth In Progress
23 Can't Dun 2 Audio 1990 Pickout
24 DJ Clash Volume 2 10 Audio 1983 Greensleeves Records
25 Material Girl 2 Audio 1985 Carron Records
26 Walking Strong 2 Audio Power House
27 One Spliff A Day 2 Audio Jah Guidance


Billy Boyo, born on September 21st, 1969 in Kingston, was a teenage star of pre-digital dancehall. In 1981, being just 12 years old, he was discovered by the legendary producer [a=Henry "Junjo" Lawes] and also became part of his Volcano Soundsystem. Billy Boyo was discovered by Junjo he was dating Billy's sister Rosemarie Rowe. Junjo recorded an album with him and another young deejay, [a=Little Harry], entitled "DJ Clash Volume 2" and released through [l=Greensleeves Records]. Little John and Billy Boyo were both interviewed in the book "Reggae inna dancehall style". In 1983 Boyo went to London and recorded another album for the [l=Silver Camel] label, but it didn't get released until 2003, when it saw the light entitled "Zim Zim" on the [l=Silver Kamel Audio] re-issue imprint. Billy Boyo later moved to Brooklyn.

Billy Boyo was rather a live deejay than a recording artist. After the digital era set in, it became quiet around him, and he never achieved any kind of comeback. On October 29th, 2000, he apparently died of a brain tumor. This is the most widely accepted theory for Billy Boyo's death, however no records of this can be found.

Billy Boyo is mentioned in Simple Simon's "Muderer" produced by Courtney Cole in 1994.

Billy Boyo is mentioned in Eek-A-Mouse's "Gunshot A Cry" but is called "Billy Bowe" rather than "Billy Boyo". This song is Eek-A-Mouse's version of "Big Iron" by Marty Robbins.

Billy Boyo is featured on Lee Hi-Power in 1983.

Billy Boyo has a very short interview in the BBC documentary "Musical Roots" about the group Musical Youth.

Billy Boyo has some footage in the documentary "Jools In Jamaica" filmed in 1983.


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