Sitting backstage with beads of perspiration trickling down his skin, Dawkins remarked with characteristic modesty, 'I am satisfied with the way the audience reponded to my performance.' Carl Dawkins was born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica, West Indies, but grew up in the Allman Town area of Kingston, Jamaica, he attended the Kingston Senior School and Xavier College. His father was also involved with music, being a drummer himself and played in the renowned Sonny Bradshaw Band. He would often take the young Carl on gigs which made his interest in music come alive.
It was while in school that Carl recorded his first song "Baby I Love You". This song did well and rocketed to as far as number four spot on the charts.His follow-up "Hard Times" did not do so well,nor did other recordings. However,undaunted Carl pursued his musical career. He soon created another hit in the form of "Satisfaction." Satisfaction did well and ruled the charts for some fifteen weeks.
His successes have earned him a name among the top showmen of the island. His follow-up to Satisfaction, "Get-Together". was also well received and made the top five of the chart. His next song was a haunting commentary on 'true to life' Jamaican happenings.
"This Land" was so biting and to the point that it was banned from the airwaves. Nevertheless, it found favour with the buying public and became popular in the dance hall. Carl worked the Northcoast section of Jamaica for sometime before moving on to JJ Records where he did two albums - "Heavy Load" and "Bumpity Road". Island Records became interested in his Bumpity Road album but a deal did not materialise.
"Part time love affair" is another of Carl's big hits. It made the Top Ten on the local chart. His video for this song also did well. He has now re-recorded "Baby I love you " and "Satisfaction" and has new releases such as "Slow Motion" and Spellbound" A Rastafarian by faith, Carl Dawkins remains a time bomb, ready to explode on the music scene when you least expect it.
Mr. Satisfaction as he became known left for the U.S.A. working in Boston, New York and Los Angeles circuits making a name for himself. Dawkins also plied his trade in France.
Now on a come back trail, Carl is lobbying hard for the establishment of a separate chart for DJs and better marketing strategies for artistes. He is beseeching radio disc jockeys to desist from playing songs that do not reflect the greatness of reggae music. Carl Dawkins is now back in Jamaica and has expressed concern that the music is now being diluted and is being used as a medium for degradation. He is also concerned with the fact that top international reggae acts are not from Jamaica, the LAND OF REGGAE, but are mainly foreigners. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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