Delroy Wilson known to many as the ‘Cool Operator’ carries one of Jamaica’s finest
voices. His songs set the time and place perfectly, 1970’s Jamaica. Hit after hit from
Studio One and beyond, his distinctive voice carries us through all of Jamaica’s
changing sounds Ska, Rocksteady, Reggae and Dancehall.

Delroy Wilson (b.1948 Kingston,Jamaica) began his musical career at the fine school
of Coxsonne Dodd’s Studio One, recording his first single the Lee Perry written
‘Joe Liges’ aged just thirteen. The Ska enhanced single became an instant hit and
it’s follow up another Lee Perry song called ‘Spit in the Sky’ (although credited to
Joe Liges, branding seemed to be alive and well back in the late 1960’s) also a hit
and was followed by a spat of tunes ‘One Two Three’, ‘I Shall Not Remove’,
‘Look back Again’ to name but a few.

As the boy became a man so his voice changed to the rich husky tone that we know
and love and just in time to catch reggae’s change from Ska to Rocksteady. Delroy’s
cover of the Tam’s ‘Dancing Mood’ caught the imagination and became a Rocksteady
anthem. The hits kept coming ‘Riding For A Fall’. ‘Once Upon A Time’.
‘Rain From The Skies’ and ‘Feel Good All Over’. A brief stop in 1969 at Producer Sonia
Pottinger’s Tip Top label also lead to a couple of more hits in the shape of ‘It Hurts’ and
‘Put Yourself in My Place’. Providing a stepping stone to what would be Delroy Wilson’s
finest moments.
As the decade turned into the 1970’s Delroy found himself linking up with Jamaica’s
hit machine Producer Bunny ‘Striker’ Lee. It was a match made in heaven, with what
would become a winning formula that would keep both Producer and Artist in the charts
for the best part of the decade. Such hits as ‘Better Must Come’, ‘Cool Operator’.
‘Can I Change My Mind’ are time defining tunes so much so that ‘Better Must Come’
became the anthem for Michael Manley’s PNP Political Party.
Another important ingredient to this success was Bunny Lee’s matching Delroy Wilson’s
killer voice with the rhythm aces Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, each cut not only
carried Delroy’s distinctive voice but also carried a rocking rhythm that lit up the Sound
Systems. So vital to the record breaking tradition in the arena of Kingston, Jamaica.

For our selection here we have taken from the period in Delroy’s career when he truly
was at the top of his game. The matching of time,place, producer,singer, and rhythm
section, fitting so seemlessly together. So we know you will enjoy the set, Delroy Wilson
meeting Sly and Robbie Downtown in the 1970’s for some of the ‘Cool Operators’ finest cuts......


CD Track Listing

1. COOL OPERATOR
2. GIVE LOVE A TRY
3. NEVER NEVER
4. YOU’RE GONNA GET A BEATEN
5. MONEY
6. HOW CAN I LOVE SOMEONE
7. RAIN FROM THE SKIES
8. BETTER MUST COME
9. I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU
10. PEACEFUL MAN
11. PLAY PLAY
12. GIVE ME YOUR LOVE
13. (LOVE ME FOREVER) ’TIL I DIE
14. I’M STILL WAITING
15. NOBODIES BUSINESS
16. IF YOU SHOULD LOOSE ME
•CD Bonus Track

Vinly Track Listing

Side 1
1. COOL OPERATOR
2. GIVE LOVE A TRY
3. NEVER NEVER
4. YOU’RE GONNA GET A BEATEN
5. MONEY
6. HOW CAN I LOVE SOMEONE
7. RAIN FROM THE SKIES

Side 2
1. BETTER MUST COME
2. I’LL ALWAYS LOVE YOU
3. PEACEFUL MAN
4. PLAY PLAY
5. GIVE ME YOUR LOVE
6. (LOVE ME FOREVER) ’TIL I DIE
7. I’M STILL WAITING



Musicians Include:
Sly Dunbar: Drums
Robbie Shakespeare: Bass
Earl ' China' Smith: Lead Guitar
Willie Lingo: Rhythm Guitar
Winston Wright: Organ
Robbie Lynn: Keyboards
Sully Sims: Percussion
Tommy McCook: Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Ellis: Trumpet
Deadly 'Huddle' Bennett, Viny Gordon: Trombone

Recorded at: Channel One, Randy’s Studio 17, Dynamic, Harry J's, King Tubby’s
Produced by: Bunny Lee.
Design by: Gary at Voodoo London.
Photography: Bunny Lee / Jah Floyd Archive.
Manufactured under licence from E. Lee.
Made in the UK.