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Live Chat:Reggae Legend Carl Dawkins and Leo Graham live from Jamaica

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Carl Dawkins born in, Jamaica,  Dawkins grew up in a musical environment, with his father playing drums in a big band orchestra that entertained tourists on the island’s north coast. The young singer spent his formative years in the company of Jamaica’s aspiring musicians. He practised harmonies with his colleagues and eventually secured an audition with J.J. Johnson with whom he recorded his successful debut, ‘Baby I Love You’. 1971, Dawkins, now known as Ras Carl Dawkins, began recording with Lee Perry alongside Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer. With them he released the moderately successful ‘Picture On The Wall’ and ‘True Love’. The songs credited to Carl Dawkins And The Wailers were released through Trojan Records in the UK and subsequently appeared on the superbly packaged Complete UK Upsetter Singles series. While with Perry he also recorded cover versions of soul songs such as ‘Cloud Nine’ and ‘Hard To Handle
Leo Graham began his recording career in the mid-sixties as a member of the group The Overtakers. Leo's vocals are distinctive, high yet thin, but totally unique and The Overtakers had a great harmony together. The band released a number of fine singles including "Girl You Ruff" and the rude-boy warning "Beware”. Although Leo had performed lead vocals for a number of the bands hits he started to become more of a harmony singer on others and so left to form a new group,The Bleechers, in late 1968.Taking the name from late-night Kingston ravers who would stay out to the early hours seeking a good time, a practice known as 'Bleeching' in Jamaica,The Bleechers was made up of Leo Graham alongside Wesley Martin and Sammy (Formerly of The Mellotones).They began recording a handful of tunes with Joe Gibbs before moving on to work with the legendary Lee "Scratch" Perry.