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Dwight Pinkney

Dwight Pinkney OD (born 1945), also known as Brother Dee, is a Jamaican guitarist best known for his work as a session musician and as a member of Zap Pow and the Roots Radics, who since 1999 has recorded as a solo artist.

Dwight Pinkney was born in Manchester Parish, Jamaica, moving to Kingston as a youth. In the mid-1960s he formed The Sharks as guitarist, the band recording for Studio One and backing The Wailers on their 1965 Jamaican hit single “Put It On”, also providing backing for recordings by Ken Boothe and The Gaylads. One of Pinkney’s most successful songs, written in 1967 while a member of The Sharks, is “How Could I Live”, which was originally released as the b-side of Jeff Dixon and Marcia Griffiths’ “Words” single, and has since been recorded by artists including Myrna HagueThe Heptones, Richie Stephens, George Nooks, and Dennis Brown (as “How Could I Leave”).

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