Gold Shop is pleased to announce a new partnership with one of the most iconic NY dancehall labels Whitfield “Witty” Henry’s Witty Records. Throughout the 80′s, Wittys Music Master Record Shop, and Witty record label were the pulse of the NY dancehall scene. His releases began with licensing tunes from his friends back in Jamaica like Prince Jammy, Junjo, Gussie Clarke and others, but by the mid 80′s Witty began focusing on his own production. Some of the earlier productions featured rhythms that were made in Jamaica with vocals added by the popular artists of the time. As the label and the NY dancehall scene developed, Wittys became a home to some of the best NY artists like Shelly Thunder, Sluggy Ranks, Knight Rider, Trevor Sparks and others. Witty also employed some of the best NY musicians of this time, most notably John “Raf” Allen who played a lot of the classic Wittys rhythms, as well as legendary engineer Philip Smart, whose HC & F studios served as the home base for all of Wittys in house productions. Gold Shop plans to tell the whole Wittys story over a lengthy campaign of releases which will begin with these titles listed below.
MM200 LITTLE JOHN CORK UP DANCEHALL
MM091 LITTLE KIRK I DON’T KNOW
MM064 ECHO MINOTT FOLLOW ME
MM201 NICODEMUS EARTH & MOON
MM202 AL CAMPBELL LEAVE THE HERBSMAN BUSINESS
MM203 TONY TUFF COOL IT