Sly Dunbar

Lowell "Sly" Fillmore Dunbar (born 10 May 1952, Kingston, Jamaica) is a drummer. Dunbar, whose nickname was reportedly given for his passion for Sly & the Family Stone, launched his musical career while still in his adolescence, playing with a local group, The Yardbrooms, at the age of fifteen. His recording debut was in 1969, when he appeared on an album, Double Barrel, by Dave and Ansell Collins. Dunbar subsequently continued to play with Ansell Collins in a band, Skin, Flesh and Bones. Meeting Robbie Shakespeare in 1972, then playing the bass guitar for The Hippy Boys, Dunbar began a lifelong friendship. When Shakespeare was asked to recommend a drummer for a recording session for producer Bunny Lee's The Aggrovators, he remembered Dunbar. Following the session, Dunbar and Shakespeare agreed to keep working together. Their first break came when they accompanied Peter Tosh on his album, Legalize It (1976). The duo continued to play with Tosh's band until 1979, recording four additional albums — Equal Rights, Bush Doctor, Mystic Man and Wanted Dread and Alive and producing Tosh's hit duet with Mick Jagger, "(Keep On Walking) Don't Look Back)" (1978).


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