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Frankie Paul

Frankie Paul is often referred to as Jamaica's Stevie Wonder, and not just because of his visual impairment; like Wonder, he was a talented multi-instrumentalist with a tremendous vocal range. He was also extraordinarily prolific; part of the first wave of dancehall artists, he started his recording career in earnest during the early '80s, and has since flooded the market with product, releasing countless singles and well over 30 albums. That's made his career difficult to track for all but the most ardent fans, but it's also ensured that he's never been too far out of the spotlight on a constantly changing reggae scene.

Paul was born Paul Blake in 1965. He was blind at birth, but an operation on a hospital ship succeeded in giving him a small visual capacity; he later went to New York to obtain a pair of high-powered glasses that helped even further. He attended a Salvation Army school for the blind, where he first began singing. When Stevie Wonder visited the school, Paul sang for him, and an impressed Wonder encouraged him to go into music. Paul learned the piano, drums, and guitar while still in school, and was most influenced as a singer by Dennis Brown in his early days. As Frankie Paul, he made his first recording, "African Princess," in 1980, when he was still just 15. In 1983, he appeared on two volumes in Channel One's Showdown series, one with Sugar Minott and the other with Little John. The former LP contained Paul's first major hit, the Henry "Junjo" Lawes-produced "Worries in the Dance," which aligned him with the emerging dancehall sound. Lawes also produced 1984's Pass the Tu-Sheng-Peng, whose title cut -- an ode to ganja -- was a huge, star-making hit in Jamaica.

Paul reached his prime in the mid-'80s, cutting excellent albums like the George Phang-produced Tidal Wave (1985) and Alesha (1987), and the Philip "Fatis" Burrell-produced Warning (1987). His hit singles included "Tidal Wave," "Alesha," "Cassanova," "Sara," "Fire Deh a Mus Mus Tail," "Slow Down," and many others. Paul continued to record for a variety of labels in the '90s, with LP highlights including 1991's Should I and 1994's Hard Work. To keep up his prolific recording pace, he came to depend heavily on covers, whether of reggae classics or contemporary American R&B material. He continued into the new millennium as a tremendously active presence on the reggae scene. ~ Steve Huey
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: King Jammys Presents The Best Of: Frankie Paul

1. Be My Lady

2. Cassanova

3. Got To Fight To Survive

4. Head To Toe

5. Idle Jubie

6. Kisses In The Moonlight

7. Posse Get Ready

8. Rock With You Baby

9. Sarah

10. Shame Dem

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Track List: Legend Platinum Edition

1. Concrete Jungle

2. My True Love

3. Lady In The Red Dress

4. My Shinning Star

5. You Come Running Back

6. Better Days

7. Mr Loverman

8. Ganja Man Anthem

9. Take My Breath Away

10. Are You Ready

11. Let Go The Vibes

12. Sleepless Weekend

13. Chill Out

14. Dance Nice

15. Guiding Star

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Track List: Cousins Records Presents Frankie Paul

1. Good Good Loving

2. Slow Dance For Two

3. Are You Ready

4. Sleepless Weekend

5. You Come Running Back

6. You Are My Queen

7. Lady In The Red Dress

8. My Shining Star

9. Loverman

10. Better Days

11. Put It Down

12. Ganjaman Anthem

13. My True Love

14. Concrete Jungle

15. Take My Breath Away

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Track List: I've Got The Vibes

1. I've Got The Vibes

2. Can't Live Without You

3. Reach Out And Touch

4. Broken Heart

5. All I Need

6. Give Thanks And Praise

7. I Come Back Again

8. When I Say I Need You

9. Stand Up

10. Cool It Down

11. Violence And Hate

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Track List: Best Of Frankie Paul

1. You Are My Queen

2. Lady In The Red Dress

3. Are You Ready

4. Dance Nice

5. Let Go Of The Bad Vibe

6. My Shining Star

7. He Came Running Back

8. Mr. Loverman

9. Running Back

10. Sleepless Weekend

11. Take My Breath Away

12. Slow Dance For Two

13. Sensi Fe Sale

14. Ganjaman Anthem

15. Concrete Jungle

16. Better Days

17. Chill Out

18. Count Your Blessing

19. Guiding Star

20. My True Love

21. Put It Down

22. Good Good Loving

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Track List: Pure Gold

1. Chill Out

2. Concrete Jungle

3. Better Days

4. Ganjaman Anthem

5. Lady In The Red Dress

6. Take My Breath Away

7. Are You Ready

8. Sleepless Weekend

9. Let Go Of The Bad Vibe

10. Mr Loverman

11. You Come Running Back

12. My Shining Star

13. My True Love

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Track List: Most Wanted

1. Worries In The Dance

2. Jump No Fence

3. Pass The Tu-Sheng-Peng

4. Fire Deh A Mus Mus Tail

5. Tidal Wave

6. Alesha

7. I Know The Score

8. Cassanova

9. Sara

10. Slow Down

11. Cassandra

12. Shub In

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Track List: Blessed Be

1. Bless The Lord

2. Ali, Ali, Hoe

3. Blessed Be

4. Uses Your Heart

5. I Am In Love

6. Don't Wake Me Up

7. Come Back Home

8. More Oil In My Lamp

9. No Cheating

10. I Want Your Body

11. Baby Don't Worry

12. Ruff Like We

13. I Miss You

14. We Run The Town

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Track List: Tink Say Dem Know Me

1. What Kind Of Man?

2. Sleeping

3. One God

4. Never Love Him

5. More You Live, More You Learn

6. Sometimes

7. Must Be An Angel

8. Take You Higher

9. Lose Your Love

10. Just Another Dance

11. Promise (Billion Riddim)

12. Tink Say Dem Know Me (Hack Town Riddim)

13. Give Me The Girl (High Frequency Riddim)

14. Dutty Wind (King Kong Riddim)

15. Life (Million Riddim)

16. Can You Feel It? (Alien Riddim)[Bonus Track]

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Track List: Best Of Friends

1. You're My Angel

2. U R My Everything

3. How Did You Get Here

4. I'm Here

5. Don't Play With My Mind

6. Tell Me Where

7. It Hafi Bun

8. Best Of Friends

9. Hush That Fuss

10. Dread Out Deh

11. Dem A Fight

12. On My Mind

13. We A Gangster

14. Sooner Or Later

15. Forever

16. Come Home African Children

17. Never Let Them Get You Down

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Track List: Are You Ready?

1. Are You Ready

2. Mr. Loverman

3. Sleepless Weekend

4. Let Go Of The Bad Vibe

5. Better Days

6. You Come Running Back

7. My Shining Star

8. Lady In The Red Dress

9. My True Love

10. Ganjaman Anthem

11. Concrete Jungle

12. Take My Breath Away

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Track List: Asking For Love

1. Skettel

2. Everything

3. Stuck On You

4. I Can't Wait

5. Candy Girl

6. Back In The Day

7. Medley

8. I'm Back

9. Peace

10. Count On Me

11. Play In My World

12. Asking For Love

13. Ragga Muffin Wine

14. Curfew

15. That's The Way

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Track List: Frankie Paul At His Best

Disc 1

1. I Know The Score

2. Kissing In The Dark

3. Sarah

4. Musical Explosion

5. I Know The Way Of The Weak Heart

6. Misunderstand

7. Peel Of A Mask

8. A No String Build Me Up

9. Ready For Your Loving

10. Didn't Mean To Turn You On

11. Splurt

12. All Out Of Love

13. Ruffest M.C.

14. Sunshine Day

Disc 2

1. Show Me The Way

2. Rough Neck Soldier

3. Cassanova

4. Head To Toe

5. Be My Lady

6. Baby Please Stay

7. Survival

8. You Standing There

9. I Feel Your Love

10. Richmond Hill

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Track List: Every N***** Is A Star

1. Things You Say

2. I Wanna Sex You Up

4. Lovely Baby

5. Hey Girl

6. Dismal

7. Let's Chill

8. Let Me Show You

9. I'll Take You Up Girl

10. Next To You

11. Ram Dancehall

12. Dry Your Eyes

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Track List: Rock On

1. Don't Play With My Mind

2. How Did You Get Here

3. Tell Me Where

4. It Ha Fi Bun

5. We A Gangster

6. Dread Out There

7. Mistic Blues

8. Never Let Them Get You Down

9. You're My Angel

10. On My Mind

11. I Am Here

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Track List: Pass The Tu-Sheng-Peng / Tidal Wave

1. Pass The Tu-Sheng-Peng

2. Jump No Fence

3. Hot Number

4. Hooligan

5. Only You

6. War Is In The Dance

7. Dont Worry Yourself

8. The Prophet

9. Them A Talk About

10. If You

11. Dem A Go Feel It

12. Beat Down The Fence

13. Baby Come Home

14. Music Is The Staff Of Life

15. She's Got Style

16. Tidal Wave

17. Your Love Is Amazing

18. King Champion

19. You Too Greedy

20. Hold Me

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Track List: Come Back Again

1. I Got The Vibe

2. When I Say I Need You

3. Can't Live Without You

4. Reach Out & Touch

5. I Am Sorry

6. Thanks & Praise

7. Stand Up

8. All I Need

9. Violence & Hate

10. Cool It Down

11. Come Back Again

12. Africa Is Calling

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Track List: Freedom

1. Songs Of Freedom

2. So Cold

3. What Am I To Do

4. Gimme That Potion

5. No More

6. She Don't Want Nobody Else

7. Do It Anytime

8. Dancehall Nice

9. What A Wonderful World

10. Rumours

11. I'll Be Your Friend

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Track List: Talk All You Want

1. Rude Boy

2. Round And Round

3. It's Written

4. Talk All You Want

5. Have Mercy

6. Rest Your Head

7. Someone Knocking

8. Bad Boy Business

9. You Are The Sun

10. One Girl

11. I Spy

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Track List: Hard Work

1. Work Hard

2. You Will Never Know

3. Stealing Stealing

4. Everlasting Love

5. Heaven

6. Keep The Faith

7. Leaving Out Of Babylon

8. Children Of Israel

9. Stormy Night

10. She's My Lady

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Track List: Hotter Flames

1. Natural Mystic

2. Candyman

3. My Reasons

4. Come With Me

5. Running Around

6. Israel

7. Thank You

8. Come On Baby

9. Don't Be Afraid Baby

10. All Wey A Gwane

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Track List: Don Man

1. Ram Dance Hall

2. How I Care For You

3. All Out Of My Mind

4. Sexy Thing (You Got The Body)

5. End Of The Road

6. You Remind Me

7. Row The Boat

8. It Feels So Real

9. Recession

10. Here I Go Again

11. Let's Stay Together

12. Here I Go Again (Underground Soul Vibe)

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Track List: Hot Number

1. Hot Number

2. Curfew In The Dance

3. Worries In The Dance

4. The Prophet

5. I'll Never Forget

6. Them A Talk Bout

7. Kushumpeng

8. I Wouldn't Mind

9. Hooligan

10. Don't Worry Yourself

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Track List: Jammin'

1. What You Gonna Do

2. Fair Weather Friends

3. I've Got This Feeling

4. Dirty Cash

5. I Remember

6. I Believe

7. I'm Your Baby Tonight

8. Flick The Switch

9. We Run The Corner

10. Jammin'

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Track List: The Veteran

1. Cassandra

2. Rude Boy Tune

3. Forgotten Feeling

4. Money In My Pocket

5. I Love You

6. Oldies Melody

7. Better You Better Me (Tomorrow)

8. Dub Organizer

9. Poison

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Track List: Fire Deh A Mus Mus Tail

1. The Beginning

2. Too Much Badness

3. There's No Love

4. Pretty Woman

5. Fools Fight Every Day

6. Fire Deh A Mus Mus Tail

7. African Lady (Don't Cry)

8. Ripe Mango

9. Funky Reggae Party

10. Cocaine, Cocaine

11. Gunshot

12. Wounded Them

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Track List: Tidal Wave

1. Dem A Go Feel It

2. Beat Down The Fence

3. Baby Come Home

4. Music Is The Staff Of Life

5. She's Got Style

6. Tidal Wave

7. Your Love Is Amazing

8. King Champion

9. You Too Greedy

10. Hold Me

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Track List: Pass The Tu-Sheng-Peng

1. Pass The Tu Sheng Peng

2. Jump No Fence

3. Hot Number

4. Hooligan

5. Only You

6. War Is In The Dance

7. Dont Worry Yourself

8. The Prophet

9. Them A Talk About

10. If You

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Respect
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The brother is smooth.
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Reggie p
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Nuff Respect
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ntmo37
Love FP........th e kind of voice that makes anything he touch turn to gold, remake or not
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Good reggae music...
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Glad Stevie Wonder inspired him to make great music he's multi-talent e d can't have a reggae collection w/ out FP
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F,P nice TURN nice,!! ,
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blackliberal
Big tune! Haven't heard this in years brings back lots of memories. :-)
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Is threw FP i introduce people to more than Bob. ..
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Great music as usual..
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hottiehottie 2 4 6
Love Frankie Paul
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I love you for putting this music out Frankie
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Yes Frankie,real l y want to hear more you should be making more song
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Frankie Paul was a friend of mines in n.y. Love his music for life
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for ever real ya man
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falconninja2 4
FP a still my singer and his stage presence is phenomenal !
Robinhood
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Anyone who thinks Frankie only does covers is highly mistaken. He has more originals than 98% of reggae artists. Matter of facts he is the most recorded reggae artist of all time. Highly underrated but tremendously talented singer.
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He has always made some of the greatest melodies
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martinaretha
One of my fav reggae singer.
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i always love to listen to frankie, from growing as a kid, and was more influence by my cousin to listen to dancehall, espeacially frankie
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unometoo
lilempess, Fankie is more orignal than you can know apparently. No dis, jus dat. respect due lilempress
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unometoo
Go Frankie
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Mr. FP



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bad riddim dis!
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Wicked
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love this music gone 2 bed
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Frankie Paul has nice that nice groovy feel to his music.
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THIS TUNE NICE TO BLOUSE AND SKIRT
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i am looking for girl freind by bow wow
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nice nah ras
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lilempress19
i love frankie pauls songs mostly remakes but they are great

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