Dave and Ansell Collins
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Dave Barker, a session vocalist, and Ansell Collins, a keyboards player, were working for producer Lee "Scratch" Perry in Kingston, Jamaica in the late 1960s, and joined forces in 1971, for the ska single "Double Barrel". Released on Techniques Records, part of the Trojan Records label, it topped the Jamaican and UK charts in March of that year. It was the first record the celebrated drummer Sly Dunbar ever played on. He was 14 at the time.
The follow-up release, the similarly styled "Monkey Spanner" enjoyed the same international success. After cutting an album Collins and Barker parted company; Collins becoming a top class session player and Barker, now resident in the UK, singing with a number of undistinguished soul groups. They attempted a comeback in 1981 without success.
- Double Barrel - 1972
- In The Ghetto - 1976
- Heavy Heavy Monster Sounds of Dave and Ansel Collins - 1998 (compilation)
- Most of their recorded work was written by Winston Riley.
- Ansell Collins has played and worked with The Upsetters, Black Uhuru, The Mighty Diamonds, Barrington Levy and Jimmy Cliff in a long career.