Linval Roy Carter (3 September 1951 – 11 September 2013), better known as Prince Jazzbo, was a Jamaican reggae and dancehall deejay and producer.
Born in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica, Linval Roy Carter (who would become known professionally as Prince Jazzbo) began recording with Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label in the early 1970s under the name Prince Jazzbo. He went on to work on his own releases with Bunny Lee, producing as well in collaboration with many artists as a vocalist and producer for labels including his own, Ujama. The recording Super Ape featured Jazzbo toasting on “Croaking Lizard”. Jazzbo and fellow toaster I-Roy had a well reported, but friendly and mutually beneficial on-record clash during 1975, including the cuts “Straight to Jazzbo’s Head” from I-Roy and the retort, “Straight to I-Roy’s Head” from Prince Jazzbo.
Prince Jazzbo’s early work with Clement “Coxsone” Dodd at Studio One produced several hits in 1972-1974 including: “School”, “Fool For Love” and “I Imperial”. His first hit in 1972 with Coxsone though was a version of Horace Andy’s “Skylarking”, which he re-worked as “Crabwalking”. He ran the Ujama record label for many years.
PRINCE JAZZBO died on 11 September 2013, aged 62, after a battle with lung cancer.