Born: may12th 1940′s St Ann,Jamaica
Died: april 19th 1989
Jack Ruby (born Lawrence Lindo) was
an important reggae producer / sound system operator linked to the Ocho
Rios-sound of St. Anns Bay. He is perhaps best known for his production associations with Burning Spear around the start of his Island career, Justin
Hinds, as well as numerous high calibre reggae artists like: The Gaylads, Big Youth, King Tubby, Errol Thompson, Ken Booth and The Black Disciples. His most outstanding credit is Burning Spear’s ‘Marcus Garvey’ album.
Lawrence Lindo (died April 1989), better known as Jack Ruby, was a Jamaican record producer and sound system operator, best known for his 1970s productions of artists such as Burning Spear.
Ruby was based in Ocho Rios and during his time was the only major Jamaican record producer not headquartered in Kingston. He ran the Jack Ruby Hi Fi sound system and is considered one of the best roots reggae producers of the 1970s, having established a distinctive sound, noted for the unique use of horn arrangements. Ruby produced Burning Spear’s Marcus Garvey and Man in the Hills albums, both of which were licensed to Island Records, establishing Spear as an international success. Other artists that he produced include Justin Hinds (Just in Time/Jezebel),The Gaylads, The Heptones, and Big Youth.
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Ruby appeared as himself in the film Rockers, which also features Kiddus I recording “Graduation in Zion” in Ruby’s studio.
His son, who works under the name Jack Ruby Jr. is a deejay who has worked with The Toasters,and his grandson is the popular singer Sean Kingston.
A generous sampling of his work is available on the album: ‘Jack Ruby Presents the Black Foundation’.
In the 1980s he suffered from ill-health and his productions were less regular, although he produced the debut album by Foundation in 1988.He died in 1989 from heart problems due to cocaine addiction.