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General Plough

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General Plough was born in Jamaica 1970 or '71. His mother passed away when he was only 6 months old and he never knew his father. Member of his family such as his grandma and aunt, Moley Isachar, used to take care of him. His aunt used to cook, bake cakes and prepare ital juices for the community living in the neighborhood of Trenchtown. The Wailers used to play ball near by and they often visited Ploughs aunt when wanting to buy food. This is what Plough has quoted how he got into music. He was around 7 at the time and used to get musical advice from them since they like his voice. Plough would also get musical advice from Jacob Miller. Larry Marshall taught him to play the guitar.


He got his name from Peter Tosh who named him that with an ironic twist;

Well that name came later on when the wailers moved from trenchtown to hope road (thanks to Chris Blackwell). I was then the youngest element of their camp. I used to be there and learning from them. One day they were building a fence in the back yard. People like familyman, ranglin, frayta (that man had shaking hands and mimics but he was a wicked guitarist) were around. I was between 7 and 9 and I grabbed a big metal bar to dig a hole like I saw them doing.Tosh said "wha - the likkle man can plough the ground - so gwaan plough man". I never did it before and the metal was so heavy that I just fell down with the bar upon me. Tosh gave me a hand and started to call me plough from that day ironically. At the same time he had much affection for me. I asked him why he kept on calling me plough after a while : he told me "because you re just like that :

P for people - L for love - O for observation - U for unity - G for generation (I was the next one) - H for the healing of the nation ."


From that day on I honored that name.

From an interview with General Plough done in 2008


His first recording was »Back Biter« produced by Trevor Elliot and released on Musical Ambassador in '79. The song was a hit and then followed by »This Society« once again produced by T. Elliot and released on Musical Ambassor. Even though the song was banned for its lyrical content it created some buzz for the young singer who was starting to get invitations to record for other producers. For Herman Chin he recorded »Armagedeon War« and »She's Gone«. He also produced himself with the song »I Need Your Love« - the song being distributed by King Culture in Canada.


He recorded the album Midnight Rock in '80 when 9 years old, it was released in '83 on the Clappers label. After that his career slowed down. He worked with Peter Tosh at Dynamics, Beres Hammond, Sly and Robbie at Channel One studio. Jojo and Ernest Hoo Kim gave him access to their materials to build rhythms for people like Barry Brown, Brent Dowe, Michael Prophet, Sugar Minott, Sammy Dread, Phillip Frazer, Max Romeo, Peter Ranking and General Lucky.


On the Black Originator label he released the song »The Toughest« (on Cuss Cuss) he would re-record it in '97 for Dave Kelly on Shocking Vibes Records.


A second album, in showcase format, was released with the title »The Ruffest and the Toughest«. The album was released on the New York based Musical Promotion label.(1)


Today General Plough still records and is the owner of the Ruckus Sound System.



(1) http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1&item=250269108490

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