BORN may 16th 1960
DIED AUG 1ST- 2015),
LEROY MAY better known as Red Dragon and initially as Redman, was a Jamaican deejay he was active since the early 1980s.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, May deejayed with several sound systems in the early 1980s, including Barrington Hi Fi, Stone Love, People’s Choice, and his own Rambo Mango, initially working under the name Redman.
His “Laughing Dragon” dubplate became popular, prompting a change of stage name to Red Dragon.
Early recordings included “Computer” for producer Charlie Chaplin, “Nah Get Nutten” for Harry J, and his first big hit “Hold a Fresh” for Winston Riley.[
He went on to record for King Tubby and King Jammy, and in 1989 his debut album was released, a split LP with his brother, the deejay Flourgon.
He also started his own Dragon label, and moved into production, and helped to nurture the early careers of artists such as Buju Banton and Terry Ganzie.
In the early 1990s, he returned to recording, enjoying hits with a variety of producers including Riley, Bobby Digital, and Sly & Robbie, and had a major hit single along with Brian & Tony Gold with “Compliments on Your Kiss” in 1994, the single reaching number two in the UK Singles Chart.
In August 2015 it was announced that May had died in hospital after being ill for some time.[
THE community of Whitehall Avenue along the Red Hills Road in St Andrew was arguably the hottest spot in 1980s dancehall. Deejay Red Dragon was one of the artistes responsible for that.
Red Dragon (given name Leroy May) died at the University Hospital of the West Indies on July 31 at age 49.
His older brother, deejay Michael ‘Flourgon’ May, told the Jamaica Observer that Red Dragon had been admitted to hospital the previous day.
Flourgon did not give the cause of death, but said ‘Dragon’ had suffered from hyptertension and heart problems.
“The last time I si him was three weeks ago, an’ him neva feel good. Wi know him did sick but neva expect him would die,” said Flourgon from New York.
Red Dragon was among several talented artistes who emerged from Whitehall Avenue 30 years ago.
The humorous Hol’ a Fresh, done for producer Winston Riley’s Techniques label in 1987, paved the way for fellow deejays Flourgon, Daddy Lizard and Buju Banton who cut their teeth on sound systems in the Red Hills Road area.
Hol’ a Fresh topped local and ethnic charts in the United States for several weeks. Red Dragon followed up with Agony and Duck which were also popular dancehall songs.
In 1994, he had his biggest success with Compliments on Your Kiss. A dance song done with singers Brian and Tony Gold, it rose to number two on the British national chart.
Health problems — compounded by a fall from a roof eight years ago — curtailed his career in the last 10 years.
Leroy ‘Red Dragon’ May is survived by spouse, three children, three brothers and one sister.