Real Name: Erroll Bennett
Place of Birth: TBA
Official website: www.myspace.com/originalgeneralsmiley
Papa Michigan and General Smiley began their career in the early 80s at Studio One under the direction of Coxsone Dodd. The duo recorded their number 1 hit "Rub A Dub Style" over the original master tape for Alton Ellis' "I'm Just A Guy", followed by the equally popular "Nice Up The Dance". Although Dodd released hits in the dancehall style, the sessions proved to be his swan-song before relocating to New York. The duo were able to overcome this setback by recording at Tuff Gong Studio the classic "One Love Jamdown", produced by Jahmet Enwright, which was released as a double a-side with Freddie McGregor's "Jogging". Michigan And Smiley gave a dynamic performance at the annual Reggae Sunsplash Festival in 1981, which led to a debut appearance in the UK where they topped the bill at the Black Echoes Reggae Awards Show. In 1982, Henry "Junjo" Lawes productions dominated the dancehall, introducing current DJs to a wider audience without attenuating the sound. Michigan And Smiley recorded a grim warning to prospective philanderers, "Diseases", and the song inspired Yellowman to record an identical version alongside his sparring partner, Fathead. Throughout the 80s Michigan And Smiley sustained attention in the album charts with the releases Step By Step, Sugar Daddy, Back In The Biz and Reality Must Rule Again.
The duo enjoyed a revival in the 90s when some of their earlier hits resurfaced through VP in the USA.
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