THE TONY SCOTT STORY
My name is Joshua M. Bailey, a.k.a. Tony Scott; singer, songwriter, composer and producer. I was born in Belair District in the parish of Manchester and grew up in Kingston.
I started writing songs at an early age. The first song that I wrote, sang and produced in 1967 was called “THE PRESSURE IS ON.” I recorded the song at West Indies Recording Company at Bell Road in Kingston, now called Dynamic Sounds Recording Studio.
At the Recording Studio, I met musician Alva Lewis, a.k.a. Reggie, who played rhythm guitar. He introduced me to Rannie Bap, he played lead guitar, Glen Adams played organ, Aston ‘Family Man’ Barrett played bass guitar, Theophilus Beckford played piano and Carlton ‘Carlie’ Barrett played drums. We all got together and did the session at the studio. That was history for me, “my first record; my first song.” The second song that I wrote, sang, record and produced was “DARLING IF YOU LOVE ME” at the same studio with the same musicians.
The third and fourth song that I recorded was “YOU STILL GOT THAT SMILE” and “WHAT AM I TO DO NOW.” The rhythm for the two songs was recorded at Randy’s Recording Studio at North Parade, downtown Kingston. The year was 1969. I used the same set of musicians. The rhythm was done on a Two Track Reel to Reel tape at the time.
The two songs, “YOU STILL GOT THAT SMILE” and “WHAT AM I TO DO NOW” were voiced by Tony, Noel and Vernol at Studio One Recording Company, Sir Coxsone Dodd Studio at 13 Branford Road, Kingston. The studio organizer was Sylvan Morris in 1969.
Then came the 1970’s, the rest is history. I went through a lot during the years 1970 – 1972. The election year was rough, a lot happened. At the heights of my music, I had to leave Kingston to live in another parish. I eventually settled in Mandeville, Manchester in the late 1970’s. I lost contact with lots of friends and musicians who were important to me in the music industry. I have not seen Noel and Vernol in many years.
The “WHAT AM I TO DO NOW” rhythm that Harry Johnson a.k.a. Harry J, used to record the massive international instrumental hit “LIQUIDATOR” with the organ solo played by Winston Wright was given to Harry J by me, Tony Scott, after I was introduced to Harry J by a friend of mine who used to work for me and distribute the record on a blank label. His name was Roxroy Sinclair from Montego Bay. That was before I gave Jackie Estick the right to distribute the songs on his (Jackie Estick) label. I did not sell the rhythm to Harry Johnson a.k.a. Harry J. He told me that he was going to do some music on the rhythm and if it works, then everyone in the group would benefit.
The organ solo played on the rhythm by Winston Wright, the rhythm went on to attract a lot of people in the music business. Maxie Staple and the Staple Singers then sang on the rhythm – I’LL TAKE YOU THERE, that was a big international hit. TON OF GOLD by Val Bennett; I’LL TAKE YOU THERE by Del Torres; I’LL TAKE YOU THERE by Bebe and Cece Winans; I’LL TAKE YOU THERE by Supergenta Ska 86; I’LL TAKE YOU THERE by Lee Perry; I’LL TAKE YOU THERE by General Public; I’LL TAKE YOU THERE by Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake – Disney; I’LL TAKE YOU THERE by Kelly Price and I’LL TAKE YOU THERE, the English Beat Live; LIQUIDATOR by Robert Delgado; REGGAE MUSIC by Tony Scott; LIFE IN THE GHETTO, Tony Scott Remix rhythm; WHAT AM I TO DO NOW Tony Scott remix featuring Tomawok and Ras Pinto; MASH IT UP by Bongo Herman and Scully and many others.
My first album is now complete with eighteen (18) tracks. It is called WHAT AM I TO DO NOW – The Tony Scott Story. The album is being distributed by Zojak World Wide L.L.C.
LOTS MORE TO SAY. TO BE CONTINUED……