R & JJ
Diy Reggae label: R & JJ Records was owned by Roy Shirley in partnership with a Mrs. Johnson, of the R & JJ West Indian Restaurant, of Hackney. R & JJ seems to have been responsible for just one record: Roy Shirley's, 'Heart-Breaking Jepsey'. It came out in 1974 and had a catalogue number of RJJ-101. The single also appeared a year later on the Torpedo label as 'Heart Breaking Gipsy' (TOR-58). Distributed By TS Records. Roy Shirley Real Name: Ainsworth Roy Rushton Shirley Born 18 July 1944 Died 17th July 2008. Jamaican singer whose career spanned the ska, rocksteady and reggae eras, and whose "Hold Them" is regarded by some as the first ever rocksteady song. He was also one of the original members of The Uniques. Shirley was born on North Street in Kingston, Jamaica, on 18 July 1944, and grew up in Trench Town, where he attended the Boys Town school, and after singing in his local church choir began his career performing in talent contests. Roy Shirley died of a heart attack at his home in Thamesmead, London, in July 2008, aged 63. Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.