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RIP Bobby Digital

Posted by Ras_Adam 
RIP Bobby Digital
May 22, 2020 12:27PM
Fabrizio Laganà wrote:
Today is another sad day, another great jamaican producer leave us very soon, Robert "Bobby Digital" Dixon.
In recent years we are witnessing the disappearance of several artists and unfortunately due to the pandemic virus, it spares no one and even the producers are paying a very high price, leaving us so early.
Borned in the Waterhouse district of Kingston, Dixon grew up attending dances in the 1970s, which featured sound systems such as Socialist Roots and Tippertone.
Dixon began working with King Jammy in Kingston in 1985.
Dixon was given the name ‘Digital’ because he arrived at King Jammy’s in 1985 at the same time that Steely And Clevie were experimenting with computerized rhythms.
Thanks to Jammy’s tuition, he learned dub-cutting, continuing a heritage started by the late dub innovator King Tubby. Before long, Digital took a key role in the studio and was instrumental in advancing the careers of artists such as Cocoa Tea, Shabba Ranks, Chaka Demus, Admiral Bailey, Sanchez, Pinchers and many others. In 1988, he left to build his own studio and set up the Digital B label, and to form the Heatwave sound system. Shabba Ranks had hits with ‘Wicked In Bed’ and ‘Gal Yuh Good’ which led to 1990’s Just Reality. ‘Serious Time’ was a collaboration between Digital, Ninjaman and Admiral Tibet and, by 1991, he had accumulated new talent such as Mad Cobra ‘Tek Him’, Tony Rebel, Penny Irie and Shaka Shamba ‘Reggae Fight’, alongside recognized names such as Gregory Isaacs, Johnny Osbourne and Cornell Campbell.
His skilled production brought success that year in the form of albums by Pinchers, Sanchez and Admiral Tibet, various ‘version’ sets and ‘Substitute Lover’ by Half Pint. Garnett Silk recorded his debut album and a number of hit singles at the studio in 1992, resulting in a major contract with Atlantic Records. Digital was by then producing material for the international market for artists such as Shabba Ranks, Buju Banton, Mad Cobra and Tiger.
He had released a truly impressive amount of music by 1993, most of it of a remarkably high standard, including albums by Glen Ricks and Leroy Smart, Gregory Isaacs, Cocoa Tea, Red Dragon, Sugar Minott, Josey Wales and Lieutenant Stitchie. Many younger artists, such as Terror Fabulous, Daddy Screw, Roundhead, Jigsy King and Saaba Tooth successfully used the new rhythms of ‘Mad Dog’ and ‘Top Ten’ created by Mafia And Fluxy, Sly And Robbie and Danny Browne. In 1994, Digital worked on creating rhythms that would re-establish Shabba Ranks with his dancehall audience. With his credibility as a ghetto youth, a roster of gifted artists and a wider audience following his work with world-class acts, Digital is likely to remain a highly respected and very successful producer for many years. His productions include Shabba Ranks’ Just Reality, Sanchez’s I Can’t Wait, Dirtsman’s Acid, Admiral Tibet’s Separate Class, Pinchers’ Hotter, Leroy Smart’s "Talk About Friend" and Garnett Silk’s "It’s Growing".
In 1997 he recorded a great album of Sizzla "Black Woman & Child" and in 1999 "Good Ways", again in 2002 "Da Real Thing".
Never forgotten & love forever <3
<3 March 11 1965 <3 May 22 2020
Re: RIP Bobby Digital
May 22, 2020 12:58PM
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May 22, 2020 02:24PM
Re: RIP Bobby Digital
May 22, 2020 02:30PM
Crucial viewing. RIP one of my all time favorite producers in any genre.

Re: RIP Bobby Digital
May 22, 2020 03:10PM
Started my reggae experience with this legend......RIP big man
Re: RIP Bobby Digital
May 23, 2020 03:53AM

“Blues, Metal, Reggae”
Re: RIP Bobby Digital
June 27, 2020 10:25PM
live stream of funeral from junior rodigan on Feisty Book
Re: RIP Bobby Digital
June 28, 2020 10:18PM
Re: RIP Bobby Digital
June 30, 2020 07:38PM
big up the legend always and forever #heatwave
Re: RIP Bobby Digital
June 30, 2020 11:54PM
His works with Sizzla are classics. RIP.
Re: RIP Bobby Digital
July 01, 2020 12:59PM
His works with Sizzla are classics. RIP.

yes all those productions from that time bring back sooo many good memories.
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