Errol Scorcher

Errol Scorcher (born Errol Archer, c. 1956 - 19 January 2012) was a Jamaican reggae deejay. Scorcher worked as a deejay on several sound systems from the early 1970s.

Biography

Scorcher worked as a deejay on several sound systems from the early 1970s. Although his first single, "Leggo Mi Hand Babylon" was not a commercial success, he had several hits in the mid-1970s with tracks such as "Jolly Bus-Ting" and "Engineers Affair". In 1978 his profile was raised further by his "Peace Truce" single, which celebrated the armistice between rival political factions that would culminate in the One Love Peace Concert. The same year, Scorcher joined Nicodemus, Nigger Kojak, and Mother Liza on Prince Jammy's Tapetone sound system, which soon became Jamaica's top system. His first album, Rasta Fire, was also released on the United Artists offshoot Ballistic, on which he was backed by The Revolutionaries. In 1979 he had a hit with "Roach in a De Corner" (on the "Real Rock" rhythm), which was followed by the similar "Frog In a Water" (on the "My Conversation" rhythm), both songs appearing on his 1980 album Roach In A De Corner. He worked with Ansell Collins on a series off recordings including "Mosquitoes", which was also a hit. He also set up his own Scorcher label and began production work on both his own recordings and for artists such as Tony Tuff.

Discography

Albums

  • Rasta Fire (1978) United Artists/Ballistic
  • Tony Tuff Meets Errol Scorcher (1978) Mal's (split with Tony Tuff)
  • Roach In A De Corner (1980) Scorcher
  • Unity Showcase (1980) 12 Stars (Horace Andy and Errol Scorcher)

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Errol Scorcher dies in hospital

REGGAE artiste Errol Scorcher passed away in the Spanish Town Hospital, St Catherine on Thursday, 19 January 2012. He was 55 years old.

According Dorna Brown, his partner of nine years, Scorcher - whose real name is Errol Archer - died from a ruptured blood vessel in his head.

He has been in the hospital since Tuesday after collapsing at his St Catherine home.

"I am very devastated right now. He was such a wonderful person. He's my other half. When I met him, I didn't miss family, he was like everybody in one," Brown told the Observer.

Scorcher dominated the 80s with songs such as Roach Inna Di Corner and Bubble Under Me.

Longtime friend and colleague Errol Dunkley said he was looking forward to an upcoming dance that both planned to attend.

"We were scheduled to play at a Fish Fry and dance on Dillenger's roof located at 35 Lane and Waltham Park Road. He would have represented with his sound Upsetter and I with Black Pepper," Dunkley said.

"I am really gonna miss him," said Dunkley.

He said Scorcher and himself would regularly hang out at Sound Wave studio.

"He was at the studio most days doing specials," Dunkley told the Observer.

Monday of this week would have been the last day he would see his friend alive.

"When I saw him on Monday, he never gave any indication that he was ill," Dunkley said.

Selector and engineer at Sound Wave Studio Granville 'Grabba Fire' Mais described late artiste as "family".

"When I saw him on Monday, he was in good health. In fact, I was supposed to record a song for him and he was excited about the upcoming dance," Mais said.

"Errol is a man a recording music from long time. He told me one day that he has paid his dues a long time but had not gotten his fair share from it," Mais added.

In June 2010, Scorcher was interviewed by this same writer with him clearing up the misconception that he had died since 1982.

Born Errol Archer in the parish of St Catherine, Scorcher emerged on the scene in the early 70s. According to his bio, he began working as a deejay on several sound systems and eventually released a single entitled Leggo Mi Hand Babylon, which, while wasn't a runaway success, did manage to garner him some attention in the dancehall.

Scorcher followed up that release with singles such as Jolly Bus Ting, Engineer's Affair and Peace Truce. He later teamed up with Nicodemus, Nigger Kojack and Mother Liza on Prince Jammy's Tapetone Sound System.

Errol Scorcher got the breakthrough he was seeking in 1979, when he recorded the popular Roach Inna Di Corner, catapulting him into the spotlight and making him a dancehall staple on many top events.

Scorcher followed up that success with singles such as Frog In a Water, Mosquitoes, Borrow Man, Under Me and Rude Bwoy Step.

-- Courtesy (Cecelia Campbell-Livingston, Jamaica Observer) --