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Devon Russell

Devon Russell

Devon Russell


Devon Russell (died 18 June 1997) aka Devon Irons, was a Jamaican rocksteady and reggae singer and record producer who recorded between the 1960s and the 1990s, both as a solo artist and as a member of The Tartans and Cultural Roots. Russell's career began in the 1960s with the Tartans, a group which also included Prince Lincoln Thompson, Linbergh "Preps" Lewis, and Cedric Myton. When the Tartans disbanded, Russell embarked on a solo career, and for a time joined Cultural Roots as lead singer. Read more on Last.fm
Devon Russell (died 18 June 1997) aka Devon Irons, was a Jamaican rocksteady and reggae singer and record producer who recorded between the 1960s and the 1990s, both as a solo artist and as a member of The Tartans and Cultural Roots. Russell's career began in the 1960s with the Tartans, a group which also included Prince Lincoln Thompson, Linbergh "Preps" Lewis, and Cedric Myton. When the Tartans disbanded, Russell embarked on a solo career, and for a time joined Cultural Roots as lead singer. He also recorded with Myton as Devon & Cedric. In the mid-1970s, Russell recorded for Lee "Scratch" Perry under the name Devon Irons, recording "Vampire".

In the early 1980s he recorded for Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's Studio One label, and his debut solo album, Roots Music, was produced by Dodd and released on Sweet Music Records in 1982. In 1983 he was asked to join The Congos for a European tour, and he eventually relocated to the United Kingdom. He moved on to work with Roy Cousins on his second album, Prison Life. In the early 1990s he worked with Zion Train and Skaville Train.

In 1996 his fourth album, Darker Than Blue, was a tribute to Curtis Mayfield wholly comprising Mayfield cover versions. His productions include Big Youth's 1978 album Isaiah First Prophet of the Old. Russell died from a brain tumour on 18 June 1997. 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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