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 GENERAL SMILEY

GENERAL SMILEY

first recorded at Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's Studio One in Jamaica, pressing their first number one hit single, "Rub a Dub Style", which featured their call and response style vocals, overdubbed on the Studio One riddim, "Vanity" (the instrumental alias given to Alton Ellis' Rocksteady classic, "I'm Just A Guy").[1] Their next single, perhaps a larger hit, "Nice Up the Dance" was a version of the quintessential Studio 1 rhythm, "Real Rock". These singles, with four other tracks, also versions of Studio One rhythms, were released as their first album, Nice Up the Dance. The names of these two singles were quickly incorporated into the lexicon of dancehall phraseology. Their call and response style was likewise influential on the future developments of the music, blending together straightforward singing styles and toasting. By 1982, they caught the attention of Henry "Junjo" Lawes, who recorded their biggest hit, "Diseases" over the "Mad Mad" riddim. This track was featured on their second LP, Downpression.

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Artist Country State City Venue Date
General Smiley United States California Davis T.B.A Nov 12, 2009
General Smiley United States Utah Salt Lake City HUKAH BAR Nov 13, 2009
General Smiley United States California Navada City COOPERS Nov 14, 2009
General Smiley United States California San Francisco PIER 23 Nov 21, 2009
General Smiley United States California Sacremento THE BLUE LAMP Nov 22, 2009
General Smiley United States California Arcadia JAMBALAYA Nov 26, 2009
General Smiley United States Washington SEATLE T.B.A Nov 28, 2009
General Smiley United States Texas Austin Flamingo Cantina Mar 18, 2011
General Smiley United States Texas Austin BASS Invasion Mar 19, 2011
General Smiley United States Texas Austin ATX Wildfire Mar 19, 2011
General Smiley United States Texas Galveston outdoor Festival Mar 20, 2011
General Smiley United States California San Diego Winstons Beach Club Apr 29, 2011
General Smiley United States California Calexico Mikes Place Apr 30, 2011
General Smiley United States California Echo Plex DUB CLUB Jun 08, 2011
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  • 05/23/2013
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