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Leroy Horsemouth Wallace

Born Kingston, Jamaica in1950 Wallace has had a long and varied musical career. He started out, like so many others, at Studio One, playing drums alongside legends such as Jackie Mittoo as a member of classic Studio One in-house bands The Soul Vendors, The Soul Brothers and the Sound Dimension. He also had a minor hit himself on the label as a vocalist with ?Far Beyond?, which didn?t sell particularly well at the time but is now regarded as a Roots classic

Under the name Mad Roy he became one of the first DJ?s to really take off in Jamaica alongside the likes of U Roy, Dennis Alcapone and King Stitt, whilst still remaining in great demand for his drumming session work. A then unknown Yabby You turned to him when he needed musicians to record his first, massive hit ?Conquering Lion? and Wallace happily organised the musicians, who all played for free, such was their belief in the song

In 1975 he had another big hit with ?Herb Vendor? under the name Horsemouth which was released on Larry Lawrence?s Ethnic Fight label. The following year he played drums and wrote songs for the very popular Reggae band Inner Circle. He was also employed by Augustus Pablo to play on some of the musician?s finest tracks.

In 1979 he became Jamaica?s biggest film star since Jimmy Cliff when he appeared in the lead role of ?Rockers?, a fictional but no doubt partly autobiographical account of trying to succeed in the Jamaican music business. The film was a huge success in Jamaica and Wallace became a household name

However, he returned to his true love, music and in 1981 came to the UK to work with Tapper Zukie, Errol Dunkley, Prince Far I and Junior Delgado. He then returned to Jamaica and is still on the scene today, remaining in constant demand for his many talents

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