Yabby You (1946-2010)

Vivian Jackson, better known as Yabby You (or Yabby U), died January 12 in Jamaica. He was 63. Above you can watch and listen one of his last live performances. Below you can listen to an early single of his, “Conquering Lion”. The song was recorded in 1972, mixed by King Tubby and credited to Vivian Jackson and the Ralph Brothers. The chant that starts off the song (“Be-you, yabby-yabby-you”) earned Jackson the nickname “Yabby You”, which he kept during his entire career.

“Conquering Lion” later also appeared on the album with the same title. When it was first released in 1975, the album was pressed in a run as small as 500 copies. It took another 22 years before the LP was widely heard outside of Jamaica, thanks to “Jesus Dread (1972-1977)”, a deluxe 2cd release on the Blood and Fire label. This reedit features various “versions” of the song. Today the original album is considered a classic.

Just to finish this post, there’s also a video of James Brown dancing to a dub version of Conquering Lion. Fake of course, but entertaining nevertheless. Watch the legs of James Brown and enjoy the dub to this classic Yabby You tune.

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