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|Birth name||Stafford Elliott|
|Born||June 7, 1950 Kingston Jamaica|
|Years active||1960s – Present|
Fred Locks was raised in a strict Catholic household in the neighborhood Franklin Kingston, along with eleven brothers and sisters, moving East Kingston, when I was ten. His father and older brother played guitar, with his older brother, who accompanies efforts Fred Locks singing in early.
Like many of the soloists of Jamaica in the 1970s, Fred Locks began his career in 1960 as part of a group of vocal harmonies, where applicable, a group formed in high school, flames, and in 1966 the letter that recorded for Coxsone Dodd, in the late 1960s, with songs like “Get It on”, “Girls Like Dirt” and “hear what the Old Di”.
Later he moved to Randy Vincent Chin installation, registration, “thank”, “East right” and “a cover of Simon & Garfunkel Bridge Over Troubled Water”, is also working with Lee “Scratch” Perry, and released the self-financed “Sing a Long” in 1971 on his own label Letter. Disillusioned by the financial part of the Jamaican music industry, Fred Locks was immersed in the Rastafarian faith, living on the beach in Harbour View. Elliot allowed his locks to grow to a great length, leading to his nickname “Fred Locks. During his time living on the beach continues to write songs, one of which,” Black Star inner “referring to Marcus Garvey shipping company (Black Star Line) designed to transport black Americans to Africa as part of the move back to Africa, came to the attention of producer and Twelve Tribes member Hugh Boothe. Boothe Locks persuaded to record the song, and it was published in 1975 in the Jahmikmusic label in Jamaica, and Grounation in the UK, prompting locks cult status.
This was followed by “The Last Days” which had less impact. Grounation branch Vulcan issued debut album Black Star Liner / True Rastaman in 1976, an album that has been very popular with roots reggae public ever since, with the song regarded as an anthem of the roots.
In late 1970, Fred Locks was also a member of the Creation Steppers Vocal trio, along with Eric Griffiths and Willy step, releasing records on his own star Jamaica tag East, and with a success in Jamaica with “Stormy Night”. In 1980, the trio traveled to the UK for a short tour, and began a partnership with London-based sound system operator and producer Lloyd Coxsone, who released a series of singles by the group, and also some discs Fred Locks alone. These were compiled on the album Love and Love only in 1982.