Johnny Ringo

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b. 1961, Jones Town, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. Johnny Ringo first began his career working in a record shop where he met Welton Irie, which proved to be the start of a long association. Both were influenced by, and shared their enthusiasm for, the popular DJ Ranking Trevor. Ringo joined the Soul Express and Ripper Tone sound systems as an operator. In the late 70s he was given an opportunity to chat on the microphone, which led to a number of recording sessions. His observations on life in Jamaica became a success, although it was the fashionable slackness (lewd) lyrics that proved most popular.

The latter’s lyrics were often used by other DJs, such as Jah Bull’s ‘Push Daughter Push’. In 1982 Ringo had an international hit with ‘Dub And Lef’, backed with Edi Fitzroy’s ‘First Class Citizen’, produced by the Musical Ambassador. With the Roots Radics he chronicled the advent of the video recorder in Jamaica with the succinctly titled ‘Video’, which led to numerous DJ hits on the subject. He joined Lees Unlimited and the Gemini sound system, which was widely acknowledged as the sound that introduced Yellowman to the world. The sound followed Ray Symbolic’s Hi Fi on an international tour, visiting the UK in 1983.

It was while touring the UK with Gemini that Ringo voiced ‘New Yorker’ and ‘Nice And Easy’ at Fashion Records’ A Class studios. He also worked with Sugar Minott, who had recorded dub plates for the sound and also produced Ringo’s 1983 hit, ‘One O’Clock Rock’. Often credited as simply Ringo, he continued to record throughout the 80s, including the first in a series of clash albums for the Fashion label featuring the two singles and other voicings from the A Class sessions.
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Albums

ARC004 Johnny Ringo - Johnny Ringo album art Johnny Ringo Johnny Ringo (Album) Absissa ARC004 Jamaica 1982 Sell This Version
VPRLP 1012 Johnny Ringo - Riding West album art Johnnie Ringo* Riding West(LP, Album) Jah Guidance VPRLP 1012 US 1982 Sell This Version
none Johnny Ringo - Push Lady Push album art Ringo* Push Lady Push(LP, Album) Black & White (2) none Jamaica 1982 Sell This Version
FAD-04CD Johnny Ringo - JA To UK MC Clash album art Johnny Ringo Meets Asher Senator Johnny Ringo Meets Asher Senator - JA To UK MC Clash (Album) Fashion Records FAD-04CD UK 1985 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

DRDD 45 Johnny Ringo - Joe Grine album art Johnny Ringo Joe Grine Hot Rod DRDD 45 UK 1980 Sell This Version
none Johnny Ringo - Push Lady Push / One Time Ringo album art Ringo* Push Lady Push / One Time Ringo Black & White (2) none Jamaica 1981 Sell This Version
BW 10057 Johnny Ringo - The Boss album art Johnny Ringo The Boss(7", RP) Black & White (2) BW 10057 Jamaica 1981 Sell This Version
BW 010 Johnny Ringo - Go MC Go / Disc Jockey Skank album art Johnny Ringo Go MC Go / Disc Jockey Skank(7", RP) Black & White (2) BW 010 Jamaica 1981 Sell This Version
FAD 7007 Johnny Ringo - New Yorker album art Johnny Ringo, The Reprobates Johnny Ringo, The Reprobates - New Yorker(7") Fashion Records FAD 7007 UK 1981 Sell This Version
CS12-012 Johnny Ringo - D.J. Connection / Africa For Africans album art Johnny Ringo / Clint Eastwood Johnny Ringo / Clint Eastwood - D.J. Connection / Africa For Africans(12") Fatman CS12-012 US 1982 Sell This Version
P 8182 Johnny Ringo - Twinkle Twinkle Little Girl album art Ringo* Twinkle Twinkle Little Girl(7") Hit P 8182 Jamaica 1982 Sell This Version
CS 008 Johnny Ringo - Pain A Back album art Johnny Ringo, Fatman Ridim Section* Johnny Ringo, Fatman Ridim Section* - Pain A Back(12") Fatman CS 008 US 1982 Sell This Version
none Johnny Ringo - Galang Ringo album art Johnny Ringo Galang Ringo(7") Volcano none Jamaica 1985 Sell This Version
none Johnny Ringo - See Foreign Deh album art Johnny Ringo See Foreign Deh(7") Harry J Records none Jamaica 1986 Sell This Version
none Johnny Ringo - Second Hand Bad Boy album art Gregory Isaacs & Johnny Ringo Gregory Isaacs & Johnny Ringo - Second Hand Bad Boy(7") Mr. Doo none Jamaica 1990 Sell This Version
none Johnny Ringo - Iron Curtain / Artical album art Reverend Badoo & Sluggy Ranks / Johnny Ringo Reverend Badoo & Sluggy Ranks / Johnny Ringo - Iron Curtain / Artical(12", Single) Libra Records (4) none US 1990 Sell This Version
none Johnny Ringo - Unity album art Johnny Ringo Unity(7") Mr. Doo none Jamaica 1990 Sell This Version
MDD 13 Johnny Ringo - Second Hand Bad Man / Wailing Rudy album art Johnny Ringo & George Isaacs* Johnny Ringo & George Isaacs* - Second Hand Bad Man / Wailing Rudy(12") Mr. Doo MDD 13 US 1990 Sell This Version
M.P001 Johnny Ringo - Soldier  album art Johnny Ringo & Lone Ranger Johnny Ringo & Lone Ranger - Soldier (12", Single) Mephenaij Phaton M.P001 Jamaica 1991 Sell This Version
VPRD-5612 Johnny Ringo - Almighty God / Johnny Johnny album art Lieutenant Stitchie / Johnny Ringo Lieutenant Stitchie / Johnny Ringo - Almighty God / Johnny Johnny(12") John John Records VPRD-5612 US 1995 Sell This Version
VPRD 6077 Johnny Ringo - Remix Medley / Veteran Like Me album art Ninja Man* / Johnny Ringo Ninja Man* / Johnny Ringo - Remix Medley / Veteran Like Me(12") Jammy's Records VPRD 6077 Jamaica 1996 Sell This Version
MOA012 Johnny Ringo - Tense Me Tense album art Johnny Ringo Tense Me Tense(7") Moa Anbessa MOA012 UK 2009 Sell This Version
SREP 001 Johnny Ringo - Push Lady Push / Smoke The Weed album art Ringo* & Slamma Dubski / Michael Palmer & Slamma Dubski Ringo* & Slamma Dubski / Michael Palmer & Slamma Dubski - Push Lady Push / Smoke The Weed(10", Single) Splife Japan SREP 001 Japan 2010 Sell This Version
TRS-MA-2 Johnny Ringo - Work On Mr Farmer / Plant Up Yu Vinyard / Muzical Organiza album art Edi Fitzroy / Johnny Ringo / Latty Guzang / The Roots Radics Edi Fitzroy / Johnny Ringo / Latty Guzang / The Roots Radics - Work On Mr Farmer / Plant Up Yu Vinyard / Muzical Organiza(12") Musical Ambassador TRS-MA-2 Europe 2017 Sell This Version
none Johnny Ringo - Bad Boy A Fi Fit album art Johnny Ringo Bad Boy A Fi Fit (Single) Redman International none Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version