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Joseph Cotton

January 3

Joseph Cotton was born Silbert Walton, January 3rd,1957 in St. Ann, Jamaica. His father is the noted Count Ossie. Prior to working in the music industry Joseph Cotton worked a year in the Jamaican Police Force. In 1976 he recorded as Jah Walton for Joe Gibbs. In 1977 he recorded a number of tracks for Harry Mudie, including a popular combination with fellow deejay Prince Heron- »Stay A Yard and Praise God«. He also recorded the songs »Touch Her Where She Want It Most« and the humorous »Married to A Bank Cashier«. For Sonia Pottinger he recorded over a re-recording of the Techniques »It’s Raining«. In 1982 he released »All Kinda People Come to the Dance« and »Senator Dee« – the latter bearing influences of deejay Nicodemus. These recordings led to Cotton being recorded at Channel One releasing the song »River to the Bank«. In the mid 80’s he changed his name from Jah Walton to Joseph Cotton and by 1984 he had released his second album Talk Of The Town on the Thunderbolt label – the striking cover art done by the legendary Limonious. Walton recorded »No Touch The Style« for Fashion Records in 1987 and it was an immense hit. The success of the song led to a television appearance in 1987 on Channel 4 Club Mix. This was followed by numerous hits such as »Things Running Slow«, »Pat Ha Fe Cook«, »Tutoring«, »Judge Cotton«, and also a combination with Janet Lee Davis (credited to her alter ego Shako Lee), »What Is This«. In the late 80’s he teamed up with producer Glen Brown. During the 90’s he recorded with Errol Dunkley, Sylvie Tella and also appeared as Jah Walton with Dennis Alcapone at the Essential Festival Weekender ’97. In 1998 the german label Moll-Selekta put together a compilation of his earliest recordings – Dancehall Days 1976-1984 Joseph Cotton is currently residing in Paris, France where he still is recording having released with French labels such as Belleville International.

 

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