About Winston Francis
Though not extensively catalogued, Francis recorded some of the smoothest, most heart-wrenching and rare Roots Reggae and Rock Steady. He began his career singing in Ska and Rock Steady vocal groups including the Sheridans, Carlos Malcolm and the Afro Jamaicans. He went on to record a few hits for Clement "Sir Coxsone" Dodd on the Studio One label. His plaintive vocals rode over classics like "Mr. Fix It" in the early years, though he also recorded plenty of sweet-toned covers of U.S. Soul classics such as "Fools Fall In Love." Later work included the righteous "Let's Go to Zion," featuring a haunting vocal melody and throbbing, bass-heavy backing with jazzy keyboards and an untouchable rhythm. It's a testament to his greatness to name a few of the singers who supplied harmony on his early hits: Dennis Brown, Ken Boothe and Bob Marley.