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King Tubby

1941 - 1989

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Osbourne Ruddock (28 January 1941 – 6 February 1989), better known as King Tubby, was a Jamaican sound engineer who influenced the development of dub in the 1960s and 1970s.Tubby's studio work, which saw him elevate the role of the mixing engineer to a creative fame previously only reserved for composers and musicians, would prove to be influential across many genres of popular music. He is often cited as the inventor of the concept of the remix that later became ubiquitous in dance and electronic music production. Singer Mikey Dread stated, "King Tubby truly understood sound in a scientific sense. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of King Tubby has received more than 476,849 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia. King Tubby is the 1,483rd most popular musician (down from 1,384th in 2019), the 39th most popular biography from Jamaica (down from 36th in 2019) and the 9th most popular Jamaican Musician.

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  • 480k

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  • 46.91

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  • 18

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  • 3.18

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  • 2.89

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among musicians, King Tubby ranks 1,483 out of 3,175Before him are Alex Lifeson, Marshmello, Sharleen Spiteri, Nancy Wilson, Eddie Gómez, and John Ogdon. After him are Mikhail Krug, Charlie Byrd, John Taylor, Alexander Dreyschock, Jan Axel Blomberg, and Esbjörn Svensson.

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Among people born in 1941, King Tubby ranks 454Before him are Peter Takeo Okada, José Antonio Zaldúa, Markus Lüpertz, Göran Therborn, Jean Vallée, and David Selby. After him are Anandiben Patel, Pat Patterson, Armand Forcherio, Alain Krivine, Josef Jelínek, and Franco Nones. Among people deceased in 1989, King Tubby ranks 225Before him are Sirarpie Der Nersessian, Peter Scott, Luiz Luz, Ödön Zombori, Hassler Whitney, and John Ogdon. After him are Roberto Figueroa, Helga Haase, Ugo Pignotti, Aleksanteri Saarvala, Erik Almgren, and Brian Naylor.

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In Jamaica

Among people born in Jamaica, King Tubby ranks 39 out of 189Before him are George Rhoden (1926), Portia Simpson-Miller (1945), Raheem Sterling (1994), Monty Alexander (1944), Don Quarrie (1951), and Carl Douglas (1942). After him are Errol Brown (1948), Ziggy Marley (1968), Gregory Isaacs (1951), Bilal Philips (1947), Yellowman (1956), and Leonard Howell (1898).

Among MUSICIANS In Jamaica

Among musicians born in Jamaica, King Tubby ranks 9Before him are Lee "Scratch" Perry (1936), Desmond Dekker (1941), Sean Paul (1973), DJ Kool Herc (1955), Prince Buster (1938), and Monty Alexander (1944). After him are Ziggy Marley (1968), Horace Andy (1951), Damian Marley (1978), Augustus Pablo (1954), John Holt (1947), and Junior Murvin (1949).