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Jack Ruby

Lawrence Lindo (died April 1989), better known as Jack Ruby, was a Jamaican record producer and sound system operator, best known for his 1970s productions of artists such as Burning Spear.

Ruby was based in Ocho Rios and during his time was the only major Jamaican record producer not headquartered in Kingston. He ran the Jack Ruby Hi Fi sound system and is considered one of the best roots reggae producers of the 1970s, having established a distinctive sound, noted for the unique use of horn arrangements. Ruby produced Burning Spear’s Marcus Garvey and Man in the Hills albums, both of which were licensed to Island Records, establishing Spear as an international success. Other artists that he produced include Justin Hinds (Just in Time/Jezebel), The GayladsThe Heptones, and Big Youth.

Ruby appeared as himself in the film Rockers, which also features Kiddus I recording “Graduation in Zion” in Ruby’s studio. In the 1980s he suffered from ill-health and his productions were less regular, although he produced the debut album by Foundation in 1988. He died in 1989.

His son, who works under the name Jack Ruby Jr. is a deejay who has worked with The Toasters, and his grandson is the popular singer Sean Kingston.

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