Born: Aug 28, 1947
Died: June 12, 1999
Jamaica’s Pat Francis recorded under a lot of names during the 70s, including Jah Lion, Jah Lloyd and Black Lion of Judah. In the mid-1960s he was a member of the Mediators. Never afraid to reinvent himself, Francis turned toaster and DJ for tracks like ‘Black Snowfall’ and ‘World Class’. He tasted critical success as Jah Lion when he recorded the marvelous ‘Columbia Colly’ album with Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry. He became Jah Lloyd in 1978, signing a record deal with Front Line and although songs like ‘Jah Lion’ and ‘Cocaine’ tried hard, they stirred up little public interest. Francis turned to production work as
the 70s ended, becoming Jah Lion again. Although he stayed active behind the scenes, his major recording work was behind him. He was only 52 when he was killed in Kingston on June 12, 1999.