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Don Carlos (musician)

Don Carlos
Birth name Ervin Spencer
Also known as Don McCarlos
Born (1952-06-29) 29 June 1952
Origin Kingston, Jamaica
Genres Reggae
Years active 1972–present
Labels RAS
Associated acts Black Uhuru, Gold

Don Carlos a.k.a. Don McCarlos (born Ervin Spencer, 29 June 1952) is a Jamaican reggae singer and composer.[1]


  • Biography 1
  • Albums 2
    • Solo 2.1
    • Don Carlos & Gold 2.2
    • Split albums 2.3
    • Guest appearances 2.4
    • Compilations 2.5
    • DVD 2.6
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Don Carlos began singing in 1973 as a member of Black Uhuru. He sang alongside Garth Dennis and Derrick Simpson, the leader of the trio.[2]

In 1988 he recorded "Jingle Bells" with Glenice Spenser on A Reggae Christmas on RAS Records. In 1990 he re-united as the lead vocalist for a Black Uhuru album. Don continues to perform all over the world, and has a large fanbase in Africa.[3]



  • Suffering (1981), Negus Roots - also released as Prophecy
  • Day to Day Living (1982), Greensleeves
  • Harvest Time (1982), Negus Roots
  • Spread Out (1983), Burning Sounds
  • Pass the Lazer Beam (1983), Jackpot
  • Just A Passing Glance (1984), RAS
  • Deeply Concerned (1987), RAS
  • Time Is The Master (1992), RAS
  • 7 Days A Week (1998), RAS
  • Dub Version (2000), Dressed to Kill
  • Changes (2010), Heartbeat

Don Carlos & Gold

  • Them Never Know Natty Dread Have Him Credential (1981), Channel One
  • Raving Tonight (1983), RAS
  • Ghetto Living (1983), Tamoki Wambesi
  • Never Run Away (1984), Kingdom
  • Plantation (1984), CSA
  • Ease Up (1994), RAS

Split albums

Guest appearances

  • Groundation - Hebron Gate (2002), Young Tree
  • Groundation - Dragon War (2003), Young Tree
  • Groundation - We Free Again (2004), Young Tree
  • Slightly Stoopid - Top of the World - "Marijuana" (2012), Stoopid
  • Tribal Seeds - "Blood Clot" - Representing (2014)
  • Rebelution - "Roots Reggae Music" - Count Me In (2014)


  • The Mighty Diamonds Meets Don Carlos & Gold at the Channel 1 Studio featuring The Revolutionaries, Hitbound - the Diamonds Right Time and Don Carlos & Gold's Them Never Know Natty Dread Have Him Credential albums combined
  • Pure Gold, Jackpot
  • Lazer Beam (1995), Culture Press
  • Portrait (1997), RAS
  • Jah Light (2002), Black Arrow
  • Groove With Me (2003), Get Back
  • Inna Dub Style - Rare Dubs 1979 - 1980 (2004), Jamaican Recordings
  • Special Edition (2004), Jafada Music Productions
  • Tribulation (2006), Attack
  • Tribulation - Don Carlos In Dub (2007), Attack
  • Kings of Reggae, Nocturne


  • Live in San Francisco (2003), 2B1


  1. ^ Thompson, Dave (2002) "Reggae & Caribbean Music", Backbeat Books, ISBN 0-87930-655-6
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p. 28-9
  3. ^ Kachingwe, Kevin (2014) "Reggae guru draws masses", Zambia Daily Mail, 6 June 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014

External links

  • Official website
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