Half Pint

Dr. Rita Marley
February 1, 2017
Joseph Hookim
February 1, 2017

Half Pint

Half Pint Biography

Half Pint was born Lindon Roberts on November 11, 1961. He grew up in the Rose Lane area of West Kingston, and earned his future stage name early on for his small size. He first sang in his school choir, and after finishing school in 1976, he set about trying to break into the music industry. He paid his dues by touring with various sound systems for several years, and in 1983, he finally landed a shot in the recording studio with Prince Jammy, then a protégé of King Tubby who was just starting to establish his own career. Half Pint’s debut single, “Sally,” was released that year, and its follow-up, “Winsome,” became his first hit. More hits — chiefly for Jammy — followed over the next two years: “Money Man Skank,” “One in a Million,” “One Big Family,” “Pouchie Lou,” the socially conscious “Mr. Landlord,” and the all-time dancehall classic “Level the Vibes.” His first mini-album, Money Man Skank, appeared in Jamaica in 1984, and was followed by the U.K.-only LPOne in a Million later that year.

Dancehall singjay Half Pint recorded some of the genre’s early classics during the first half of the ’80s.  The best of his work was  brilliant. He was the first major artist produced by Prince Jammy(later King Jammy), and together they helped establish a lighter, more relaxed, more melodic approach to dancehall that made for an easy transition into the digital reggae era. While Half Pint’s subject matter was mostly romantic, he also offered the occasional conscious lyrics, which for a time made him an exception in the dancehall world among both singers and DJs.

In 1985, Half Pint accompanied Sly & Robbie on their international Taxi Gang tour, and subsequently cut several singles for them: the hit “Night Life Lady,” “Hold On,” and “World Inflation.” Later that year, he moved on to work with producer George Phang, which resulted in his signature song, “Greetings.” “Greetings” was an enormous hit and stills ranks as a dancehall classic of all time. Half Pint followed it with another classic in “Cost of Living,” and issued an album called Greetings; some of the same territory was covered by the international release Victory, which was titled after his subsequent Jamaican chart-topper. Word of Half Pint’s music started to spread beyond reggae fans; in 1986, the Rolling Stones covered his early hit “Winsome” on their Dirty Work album, under the new title “Too Rude.”

Half Pint  continued to record steadily regardless of the shift in the Jamaican music. He was able capture the public’s attention in 1992 thanks to the smash hit “Substitute Lover,” which took its place among his finest singles. He spent much of the rest of the ’90s away from the recording studio, and focused on touring the world.. Meanwhile, another rock band covered one of his songs — this time Sublime, with their 1996 version of “Loving.” Half Pint finally returned to action with 1998’s full-length Legal We Legal, and followed it two years later with Closer to You.

Half Pint remains a force to reckon with his classical hits such as Greetings, Landlord , Hold on, Victory Political Friction just to name a few. He is currently under the Solid Agency Limited umbrella and continues to record and tour in 2016.He believes that music s not only part of his journey but his destiny. He will be releasing a few singles later down in the year and by next year he plans on releasing a full album.

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