Charlie Chaplin (Reggae singer)

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Legal name: Richard Patrick Bennett (reggae, Charlie Chaplin)


Richard Patrick Bennett OD, better known by the stage name Charlie Chaplin, is a Jamaican dancehall and ragga deejay and singer. It was common for Jamaican deejays of the era to name themselves after film stars or characters. Bennett, however, had been nicknamed after the comedian since his youth. His career began in 1980 when he began working with U-Roy's Stur-Gav Hi-Fi collective. He became extremely popular throughout Jamaica, memorable for his focus on cultural and social themes instead of the "slack" (rough, violent) lyrics that were popular at the time. His popularity as a live performer prompted Roy Cousins to produce some recording sessions with the young DJ. Chaplin's debut album was the Cousins-produced Presenting Charlie Chaplin in 1982, with several albums following for the producer over the next three years.

The contrast between Chaplin's "culture" lyrics and the other major deejays of the day led to the 1984 "clash" album with Yellowman Slackness Vs Pure Culture.

Que Dem (1985), was produced by George Phang and he continued recording, working with Bunny Roots, Josey Wales, Sly & Robbie, Henry "Junjo" Lawes, Roots Radics and Doctor Dread.

In 2013, Bennett was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government.

Bennett started his own Crown Production label, on which he released his own music. An album, Armageddon, is set for release in Summer 2016.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1983 One Of A Kind Charlie Chaplin 1
1987 Free Africa !! Charlie Chaplin 1
1989 Two Sides of Charlie Chaplin Charlie Chaplin 1
1991 Cry Blood Charlie Chaplin 1
1994 Too Hot to Handle Charlie Chaplin 1
2000 Face to Face Charlie Chaplin 1
Red Pond & Chaplin Chant Charlie Chaplin 1
Take Two Charlie Chaplin 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 RAS Portraits Charlie Chaplin 1
20 Super Hits Charlie Chaplin 1
Kings of Reggae Charlie Chaplin 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 The Negrill Chill Yellowman & Charlie Chaplin 1

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