The song was a moderate success in Jamaica in 1968, and placed in the Festival Song Contest. They recorded several more tracks for Perry, although their tracks were often miscredited to other artists such as The Bleechers. Burnett moved to the Allman Town district of Kingston, living with his brother Fitzy, and also recorded as "King Burnett" for Perry in late 1974, releasing "I Man Free" and "Babylon a Fall" under that name. Burnett became a regular session vocalist and instrumentalist (drums, percussion and bass guitar) for Perry at his Black Ark studio, and recorded singles in his own right for the producer, with "Rise and Shine", "Open The Gate", which became the title track of a Trojan Records collection of Perry productions, and his biggest hit, "Rainy Night In Portland" (a version of Brook Benton's "Rainy Night in Georgia"). When The Congos began working with Perry, he added Burnett to the group in 1977 to add baritone to the harmonies, as he was aiming to record a classic falsetto-tenor-baritone group.
Burnett sang on seven tracks on the Heart of the Congos album, and also contributed mooing noises, recorded earlier by Perry, who got Burnett to moo down a cardboard tube from a roll of tin foil, and these sounds were also used on other Black Ark recordings. The Congos left Perry after a dispute over the release of the Heart of the Congos album, but after recording another Congos album, Burnett returned to Perry. He continued working as a session vocalist, providing baritone on Jimmy Cliff's reworking of "Bongo Man" on the Give Thanx album, and backing vocals on Bob Marley's Exodus album. Burnett rejoined Cedric Myton in the Congos in the 1990s, releasing the Revival album. Burnett released his first solo album proper, To Hell and Back, in 2002. Discography Studio Albums: Megawatt Dub (1997) Shanachie (dubs of Burnett tracks, credited to Lee Perry & King Tubby) To Hell and Back (2002) Wajesskow Music Connection Singles: "Dash It Pon Him" (1974) Steady "I Man Free" (1974) (as King Burnett) "Babylon a Fall" (1974) (as King Burnett) "Rise and Shine" (197?) (with Clinton Fearon) "What a War" (1975) Micron (Watty and Tony) "Open The Gate" (197?) "Rainy Night In Portland" (197?) "Perfidia" (1978) (Watty Burnett & Cultured Stars) "Come By Yah" Rhythm Force "Dancin' Shoes" (1982) Appears on: A Live Injection (Produced by Lee Perry) Song: Rainy Night in Portland Read more on Last.fm.
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