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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, Rovi
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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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bad riddim dis!
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Wicked
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vernon_rd
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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janierturner
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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