Baby Wayne (1968 – 29 October 2005), born Wayne Parkinson, was a Jamaican dancehall artist known for his conscientious lyrics.
Parkinson was born in 1968 in Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica.
He initially became known for his conscientious lyrics, warning of the perils of a life of crime, which were unusual at the time, although he later recorded some tracks that made concessions to the slackness that was popular with audiences.
He worked with producers Steely & Clevie in the early 1990s, with whom he had a hit in 1991 with “Mama”.
Other hits from the early 1990s included “Road Mi Waan Come” and “Warder”.
In 1993 he recorded “Mi Know Mi Fren” with Leroy Smart (produced by Winston “Niney” Holness), which was a top ten hit in Jamaica.
Holness secured a deal for Wayne with Heartbeat Records for the release of his debut album, Ram DJ, in 1994. The album included guest appearances from Sugar Minott and Dennis Brown.In 1995 he worked with producer Lloyd Dennis and had further success with “Tongue Make Not”.
He died on 28 October 2005 at the Kingston Public Hospital from complications of pneumonia, leaving seven children.
Baby Wayne was remembered from a stint of dancehall hits in the early 90’s, including Mama, Caa Live So, and Mi Know Mi Fren, which featured Leroy Smart. The deejay was still quite popular among artistes in the dancehall fraternity, as they congregated late yesterday at the Exodus studio in support of his sister, who also deejays under the name of ‘Baby Vane’.
HE WILL BE MISSED
“We a guh miss Wayne bad. Da yout de grow up wit we inna di business, mi all remember him did a live ‘mongst we one time inna di same yard,” laments dancehall artiste Roundhead of the Monster Shack Crew.
Other artistes among the memorial congregation at Exodus, included Captain Barkey, Snagga Puss, John Wayne, and singer, Tony Curtis.
“Baby Wayne a family to me. Right now all of dem people who benefit from the deejay big tune dem, we a call on them fi support di deejay fi mek sure seh him get a proper funeral,” stated Curtis.
The deejay died at the age of 37, leaving behind seven children and other family members. Parkinson’s sister says that producers and fans of her late brother can leave donations at either Exodus Studio, or Buju Ban