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voc, *1942 JM, Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica
Singer of Reggae
A.k.a. Ewart Beckford

Reggae's greatest DJ, U Roy (or Hugh Roy, born Ewart Beckford, 21 September 1942, Jones Town, Jamaica), also known as The Originator, became famous in the late 60's and early 70's with a stream of smash hits whose appeal has endured ever since. He was the prime innovator of 'toasting' (wild, exciting vocal improvisations) and rapping over 'versions' of popular songs remixed by dub music pioneers such as King Tubby. This style of vocals was a major influence on the early rap scene (Disco/Electro/Break Beat) and the later American hip-hop movement. He ran his own label, Mego-Ann.

  • Reggae
  • Electronic
  • R&B/Soul
Popular Tracks   
The Voices Of Sweet Jamaica - All Star Remix on The Voices Of Sweet Jamaica by Shaggy
Natty Rebel on Original DJ by U-Roy
Runaway Girl - 1990 Digital Remaster on Dread In A Babylon by U-Roy
Drive Her Home on Version Galore by U-Roy
Chalice In The Palace - 1990 Digital Remaster on Dread In A Babylon by U-Roy
Man Next Door (feat. Santigold) on Solid Gold by U-Roy
Natty Don't Fear - 1990 Digital Remaster on Dread In A Babylon by U-Roy
Trenchtown Rock (feat. Ziggy Marley) on Solid Gold by U-Roy
Wear You to the Ball on Version Galore by U-Roy
Dreadlocks Dread - 1990 Digital Remaster on Dread In A Babylon by U-Roy

Track list and 30sec audio provided by


Title Artist Year Type
Talking RootsU-Roy2018Album
Repatriation / TeacherU-Roy, Mad Professor2018Album
Dynamic Fashion Way / Share My RestU-Roy / John Holt2018Single
Murdah (King Tubby Mix)Sugar Minott Introduction U-Roy2017Single
My Ethiopian QueenU-Roy2017Single
Natty RebelRod Anton & U-Roy2015Album
Dub Is All I Got (Remix Clash) - Tribute To Style ScottDub Syndicate ft. U-Roy2015Compil.
Drive Her Home / I Love You BabyU-Roy & Hopeton Lewis With Tommy McCook & The Supersonics / The Versatiles2015Single
Girl I've Got A Date / Wake The TownAlton Ellis / U-Roy2015Single
Give Thanks To Jah / Weep & MournU-Roy Featuring Don Goliath / Daddy Spencer2015Album
Wake The NationU-Roy2014Single
OrganizeLuciano, Ziggi & U-Roy2014Single
Luv N' LivDub Gabriel Feat. U-Roy2013Single
Selector Pull Up PT2 / Caan DunBeres Hammond feat Beenie Man & Dean Fraser, U-Roy2012Single
Pray Fi Di PeopleU-Roy2012Album
King Tubby's SkankU-Roy2011Single
Groping In The DarkEric Blowtorch / U-Roy / Prince Jazzbo / Pumpkin World All Stars2010Album
Babylon You WrongCornell Campbell & U-Roy2010Single
Teach Dem / Heavy LoadChezidek Featuring U-Roy / Gappy Ranks2010Single
Babylon You WrongCornell Campbell & U-Roy2010Single
I Am The OriginatorU-Roy2009Compil.
Foundation Skank 1971-1975 Rare Sides By The DJ OriginatorU-Roy2009Compil.
30 Massive Shots From Treasure IsleU-Roy2009Compil.
The Dark MixesLove Trio Featuring U-Roy2008Album
Love Grows / Acting FunnyTu Shung Peng Feat. Rod Taylor / U-Roy2007Album
Love Trio In DubLove Trio In Dub Featuring U-Roy2007Album
Old School / New RulesU-Roy2007Album
PreciousAlborosie / U-Roy2007Single
Hold On RastaU-Roy2007Compil.
Revisit The PalaceU-Roy2006Album
This Is Crucial ReggaeU-Roy2005Compil.
Train From WestU-Roy / Niney The Observer & Observer Allstars2005Single
RootsmanU-Roy & François Kevorkian2005Album
U-Roy Meets King TubbysU-Roy & King Tubby2005Compil.
Lovers RockU-Roy2005Single
Concept Of Life / 4 ThingsBeenie Man & U-Roy / Zahair2005Single
Nublu Presents: Love Trio In DubLove Trio In Dub Featuring U-Roy2004Album
Old Fashioned Way / Dynamic Fashion Way / Spanish Omega / Fat Baby / Broken ContractKen Boothe / U-Roy / Dennis Alcapone / Augustus Pablo / Zap Pow2004Album
Trial & Cross Dub / Tubbys Dub SkankDillinger / U-Roy2003Album
Kingston 12 Shuffle / Trenchtown RockU-Roy With Bob Marley & The Wailers2003Album
Keep On Movin' / Betta Movin'The Mighty Diamonds / U-Roy2003Single
Rebel In StyylleU-Roy2003Album
Ain't That Lovin' YouBeres Hammond & U-Roy2002Single
Sweat For You Baby / Real CoolThe Heptones / U-Roy2002Single
Sweet & NicePapa B & U-Roy2002Single
The Deejay DaddyU-Roy2002Compil.
Babylon Burning: The Mighty Sounds Of U-RoyU-Roy2002Compil.
Super Boss - The Best Of U-RoyU-Roy2001Compil.
The Rightful RulerU-Roy2001Compil.
Every Knee Shall BowU-Roy2001Single
Creation Rebel / African HeardsmanU-Roy / I-Roy2001Single
Serious Matter DubU-Roy2000Album
True True / I Got To Get AwayU-Roy / Dave Barker2000Single
Trenchtown RockU-Roy1999Compil.
Serious MatterU-Roy1999Album
Wake The TownU-Roy1999Compil.
The Lost Album - Right Time RockersU-Roy1998Album
Babylon Kingdom Must FallU-Roy1996Album
U-Roy And Friends: Your Ace From SpaceU-Roy1995Compil.
Original DJU-Roy1995Compil.
Do Re Mi / Super BossU-Roy With Tommy McCook & The Supersonics1994Single
Smile A WhileU-Roy & Sandra Cross1993Album
Satisfy My SoulJC Lodge / U-Roy1993Single
I & IU-Roy1992Single
Super BossU-Roy1992Compil.
The Teacher Meets The StudentU-Roy Meets Josey Wales1992Compil.
Smile A WhileU-Roy1992Album
Natty Rebel - Extra VersionU-Roy1991Compil.
True Born AfricanU-Roy1991Album
Baby Come Back / VersionU-Roy / Sly & Robbie1991Album
Three From The FrontlineU-Roy1991Album
Version Of WisdomU-Roy1990Compil.
Keep On LearningU-Roy1990Album
Reggae - Three From The FrontlineU-Roy, Culture, The Gladiators1990Compil.
The OriginatorU-Roy1990Compil.
Music AddictU-Roy1987Single
Line Up And ComeU-Roy1986Album
Jah Call You / Great StoneU-Roy / Horace Ferguson1985Album
Ghostbusters, Long Live The King / Everybody Get ReadyEarly B, Captain Sinbad / U-Roy1985Album
Jah Jah Call YouU-Roy1984Single
Crucial CutsU-Roy1983Compil.
Peace & Love In The Ghetto / Quiet PlaceU-Roy / Ken Boothe1982Album
Hustling Take OverU-Roy1982Album
The Tide Is HighThe Paragons / U-Roy1980Single
Love Is Not A GambleU-Roy1980Album
Jah Son Of AfricaU-Roy1978Album
Live At The LyceumU-Roy1978Album
River Of Babylon / Babylon RiverBrent Dowe / U-Roy1977Album
Rasta AmbassadorU-Roy1977Album
Small AxeU-Roy1977Album
Dubbing To The King In A Higher RankU-Roy1977Album
Johnny ReggaeBig Youth / U-Roy1977Single
The OriginatorNuroy & U-Roy1976Album
Nana BananaU-Roy1976Single
African RootsU-Roy1976Album
Natty RebelU-Roy1976Album
Natty RebelU-Roy1976Single
Joyful Locks / Dub With IU-Roy / King Tubby1976Single
Merry Go RoundU-Roy1976Single
Natty RebelU-Roy1976Single
Say You / Natty In The CountryNaggo Morris / U-Roy1976Album
No More Tribalism / I And I Stand FirmU-Roy1975Single
Just Be JollyU-Roy1975Single
Dread Locks Dread / Getti Getti No Want ItU-Roy / Barrington Spence1975Single
Penny For Your Dub / Your Dub VersionU-Roy / The Chariot Riders1975Single
Hurt So GoodSusan Cadogan & U-Roy1975Album
Runaway Girl / Chalice In The PalaceU-Roy1975Single
Joyful Locks / Dub With IU-Roy1975Single
Battle Of The GiantBig Youth - U-Roy1975Single
Gorgan Wise / GrounationU-Roy1975Single
Dread In A BabylonU-Roy1975Album
Jump For JoyU-Roy1975Single
The Right To Live / MoveringU-Roy / Strihev All Stars1975Single
Version Of CreationU-Roy1975Single
Give Thanks Continually / Straight To The Observeror's HeadU-Roy / Augustus Pablo1975Single
Train From The WestU-Roy1974Single
Down DehU-Roy1974Single
Number One In The WorldU-Roy1974Single
Train From The West / In Bound TrainU-Roy / Ansel Collins Meets Niney The Observer1974Single
U. RoyU-Roy1974Album
The Higher The MountainU-Roy And Errol Dunkley1973Single
Hard FeelingU-Roy1973Single
King Tubby's SpecialU-Roy1973Single
Call On I. / D. J. SpecialU-Roy & Delroy Wilson1973Single
Treasure Isle Skank / Words Of WisdomU-Roy1973Single
006 / Get TogetherU-Roy1973Single
Regular StyleU-Roy1973Single
Hat TrickU-Roy1973Single
High PriestU-Roy1973Single
Flashing My Whip / Mr. Fire Coal ManU-Roy / The Classics1972Single
Rock To The Beat / Love Is Not A GambleU-Roy / Dennis Alcapone1972Single
Festival WiseU-Roy1972Single
Nanny ScankU-Roy1972Single
Black Heart (aka Officially)U-Roy1972Single
Mr Parker's Daughter / On Top Of The PeakSir Harry / U-Roy1972Single
Tropical Land / Love I BringThe Melodians / U-Roy And Slim Smith1972Single
Lean On Me / Black HeartB.B. Seaton / U-Roy1972Single
Black Heart / At The EndU-Roy / Lloyd Charmers1972Single
Where Is The Love / Wet VersionHorace Andy, U-Roy1972Single
On Top Of The Peak / Rack-A-Tack (Version)U-Roy / The Typhoon All Stars1972Single
The Other HalfU-Roy & Dennis Brown1972Single
Linger You LingerU-Roy1972Single
Be My Guest / Way Down In The SouthBilly Dice / U-Roy1972Single
You Keep On RunningDelroy Wilson & U-Roy1972Single
Rhythm Train / Medley TrainKen Boothe & U-Roy / The Now Generation1972Single
Love I BringU-Roy & Slim Smith1971Single
Earthquake / Suspicious MindsU-Roy / Mahalia Saunders1971Single
Behold / Way Back HomeU-Roy With Tommy McCook1971Single
Earthquake / Dark MoonU-Roy / The Upsetters1971Single
Tom Drunk / MabroukHopeton Lewis & U-Roy With Tommy McCook & The Supersonics1971Single
Behold / Way Back HomeU-Roy And Tommy McCook1971Single
Testify / Super SoulU-Roy / Tommy McCook1970Single
Wear You To The Ball / The BallU-Roy & John Holt With Tommy McCook & The Supersonics / Earl "Wire" Lindo1970Single
Be A Man / Shock AttackThe Heptones / U-Roy1970Single
Version Galore / NehruU-Roy1970Single
Shock Attack / I Can Feel ItOwen Gray & U-Roy1970Single
Whisper A Little Prayer / Rain A FallU-Roy1970Single
I Can't Lose / Single BarrelU-Roy / Tommy McCook1970Single
Scandal / Sound Of The WiseU-Roy1970Single
When The Lights Are Low / Love I TenderJoya Landis / U-Roy1970Single
For Our DesireU-Roy1970Single
Drink And Gamble / King Of The RoadFreddie McGregor / Lennox Brown And U-Roy1970Single
1,000 Tons Of Version / Wake The NationJeff Barnes & U-Roy1970Single
Single Barrell / I Can't LoseTommy McCook / U-Roy1970Single
This Station Rule The Nation / Angle- LalaU-Roy / Nora Dean1970Single
Double Attack / PuzzleU-Roy / Murphy Allstars1970Single
Version GaloreU-Roy1970Album
Dance Crasher / Things You LoveAlton Ellis / U-Roy1970Single
Love Kiss Blue / ScandalJohnny Moore / U-Roy1969Single
Dynamic FashionU-Roy1969Single
Blown Away / Non ViolenceThe Hippy Boys, U-Roy1969Single
Dynamic Fashion Way / Shades Of HudsonU-Roy / Dennis Alcapone1969Single
Rightful Ruler / The Drums PrayerU-Roy & Peter Tosh & The Upsetters1969Single
You Send MeAlton Ellis / U-RoySingle
You Told Me You Loved MeTony Tuff / Gregory Isaacs & U-RoySingle
One For AllJohn Holt, U-RoySingle
Make Love Not War / Freedom TrainU-Roy & The HeptonesSingle
The Tide Is High / Step It Out A Yard / Prince Tony Disco Mix / Black SaturdayGregory Isaacs / U-Roy / The Revolutionaries / The GladiatorsAlbum
I Feel GoodU-RoySingle
Walk With JahCulture, U-RoySingle
To Be A Lover / Never Get AwayDelroy Wilson / U-RoyAlbum
Songs My Mother Used To Sing / Linger Your LingerDennis Brown / U-RoySingle
The Hudson Affair / Bongo RiotU-Roy / The Soul SyndicateSingle
True True True / On The BeachU-RoySingle
Please Be TrueU-Roy & Helen LindsaySingle
Wear You To The Ball / Wear You To The DanceThe Paragons feat. Mr. Vegas, Rayvon, U-Roy & Channel Live / Brother CultureSingle
3 5 4U-RoySingle
Rats & CatsU-RoySingle
The King At The ControlU-RoyAlbum
Give Thanks For Life / LoveTony Curtis & U-Roy / Screechie JoeSingle
Everybody Get ReadyU-RoySingle
Aint That Loving You / Every Body BawlingAlton Ellis & U-Roy With Tommy McCook / The MelodiansSingle
Dance With Me / Rock With ITommy McCook / U-RoySingle
Hustlers Taking OverU-RoyAlbum
Wet Vision / Pleasant DreamU-Roy / Glen AdamsSingle
Gorgonwise / KojakU-Roy / Tommy McCook & Bobby EllisSingle
Bad Boys / Everybody Get ReadyTristan Palmer / U-RoySingle
Everybody Bawling / Everybody BawlingThe Melodians / U-RoySingle
Gorgonwise / KojakU-Roy, Tommy McCook, Bobby EllisSingle
Walk With JahCulture, U-RoySingle
Testify / Ain't That Loving YouHopeton Lewis / U-Roy & Alton EllisSingle
Reggae Live Sessions Volume 1U-RoyAlbum
Brother Toby Is A Movie From London/Number One In The WorldI-Roy, U-RoySingle
Nana BananaU-RoySingle
Know YourselfU-Roy Feat Ernest WilsonSingle
Material ThingsMax Romeo & U-RoySingle
Happy Go Lucky Girl / Hot PopU-RoySingle
ResistanceBeres Hammond, U-RoyAlbum
My GirlThe Techniques / U-RoySingle
Gorgan / Better Collie / Gorgan WiseCornell Campbell / Horace Andy / U-RoyAlbum
Tom Drunk / Angie La LaU-Roy / Nora DeanSingle
Shocks Of Mighty / Earth QuakeThe Upsetters / U-RoySingle
The Seven GoldU-RoyAlbum
Don't Cut Off Your Dreadlocks / Joyfull LocksLinval Thompson / U-RoySingle
Dynamic Fashion Way / Spanish OmegaU-Roy / Dennis AlcaponeSingle
Heavy Duty Festival / More FestivalU-Roy / The AggrovatorsSingle
Kingston 12 ShuffleU-Roy & Bob MarleySingle
African SoldierU-RoyAlbum
Yama - KhyU-Roy & The ChildrenSingle
006 / No Body KnowsU-RoySingle
I´ficially / King Tubbys SpecialU-RoySingle
Stur-Gav / DownbeatU-Roy, King Stur Gav Hi-Fi, Brigadier Jerry, Dodie IrieAlbum
Don't Cut Your Dreadlocks / Dub With MeU-RoySingle
True Born African / Bengali SkankU-Roy / Mad ProfessorAlbum
Don't Take AwayKotch & U-RoySingle
Real Cool / VersionU-Roy / The Sunshot All StarsSingle
Natural Lady / Everybody Get ReadySammy Dread / U-RoySingle
Wear You To The BallU-Roy, John Holt, Tommy McCook & The SupersonicsSingle
Black Magic Woman / Sweat For You BabyDennis Brown, Big Youth / Leroy Sibbles And The Heptones, U-RoyAlbum
Nobody's Business / Every Knee Shall BoughJohnny Clarke, U-RoyAlbum
Black Heart / What Can I DoU-Roy / Lloyd CharmersSingle
OK Corral / Move And GrooveU-Roy / Count StickySingle
Foundation ScankU-RoySingle
Musical AddickU-RoySingle
Never Get AwayU-RoySingle
Ain't No LoveU-RoySingle
Dreamland / Moving OnU-Roy & The Upsetters / Big YouthSingle
Wake The Nation / CanonU-Roy / Tommy McCook & Bobby EllisSingle
If You Don't Mind / Righteous RulerThe Gaylads / U-Roy & Peter ToshSingle
Peace & LoveThe Jamaicans / U-RoySingle
Don't Believe In Him / King Tubby's SkankGregory Isaacs / U-RoySingle
Hot Trick / Straight To Big Youth HeadU-RoySingle
Carolyn / Nana BananaU-RoyAlbum
Flashing My WhipU-RoyCompil.
Love's Taken OverU-RoyAlbum
Fisherman StyleU-RoySingle
Tide Is HighGregory Isaacs / U-RoySingle
Run Run / I'm Still In LoveRod Taylor / U-Roy / Alton EllisSingle
The Hudson Affair / Hot Stick VersionU-Roy / Samuel The FirstSingle
Double Six / Stick TogetherU-RoySingle
You Will Never Get Away / RockawayU-Roy / Tommy McCook QuintetSingle
My GirlThe Techniques & U-RoySingle
Do It Right / Flashing My WhipU-Roy With Tommy McCook & The SupersonicsSingle
Wake The Town / Big Boy & TeacherU-Roy With Winston Wright & Tommy McCook & The SupersonicsSingle
"U" Roy SpecialU-RoySingle
Jump For JoyU-Roy / The AggrovatorsSingle
Gorgon / GorgonwiseCornell Campbell / U-RoySingle
The Reggae MastersU-RoyCompil.
The Right To LiveU-RoySingle
Drive Her Home / StampedeU-Roy & Hopeton Lewis / Tommy McCook & The SupersonicsSingle
Trench Town Rock / Bongo RockThe Wailers & U-RoySingle
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