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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Roy Shirley also known as King Roy Shirley and The High Priest (born Ainsworth Roy Rushton Shirley, July 18, 1944, Kingston, Jamaica, died July 2008) was a 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.


  • The Winner (1976) Trenchtown
  • Good News (1981) GG's
  • The Return Of The High Priest (1982) Weed Beat
  • Control Them Volume One (1995) Della International
  • Black Lion Negus Rastafari (1996) Lion Roots
  • Get In The Groove (1997) Rocky One
  • Music Is The Key (2003) Trojan
  • Nice Up The City (2003) King Roy
  • Your Musical Priest (2004) Westside/Demon
  • The High Priest: The Great Roy Shirley Rhino

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