Milton Henry
The history of reggae music has many participants whose level of commercial success doesn't always reflect their importance. Take the deep-voiced singer, guitarist and arranger Milton Henry: who despite moving and grooving with some of the biggest names in Kingston during the 70s did not record a solo album until the early 80s when he had put down roots in New York. Aston “Milton” Henry was born on January 19th 1950 in Allman Town, central Kingston – the fifth of seven children. His father, a carpenter, and his mother, an office worker, came out of St Ann Parish, birthplace of Bob Marley and Burning Spear. Milton’s guitar playing attracted the interest of future Freedom Sounds producer Bertram Brown and the singer Carl Dawkins – for whom Henry arranged the 1969 Jamaican hit Satisfaction. He had a role in a string of harmony groups: the Techniques, the Leaders, the Progressions, and the Emotions. At the start of the 70s he recorded for Lee Scratch Perry as King Medious before reverting to his own name and scoring with a 1976 cover of the Impressions Gypsy Woman on Rupie Edwards aptly named Success imprint. By that year Milton had relocated to New York where he would become a key staff member at Lloyd Barnes’ famed outpost Wackies. There he cut his first LP Who Do You Think I Am (1985) followed by a second, Babylon Loot, (1987) for the Japanese Tachylon label.