Do not confuse with the early 1960s ska band --> see The Upsetters (3), or Little Richard's The Upsetters (2).
Lee Perry's studio band for the Upsetter label - the same as in Lee Perry & The Upsetters. Formed in 1968 the Upsetters had three distinct line-ups. The first line-up was comprised of Gladdy Anderson & Winston Wright (keyboards), Jackie Jackson (bass), Hugh Malcom & Lloyd "Tin Legs" Adams (drums). This line-up was also known as Gladdy's All-Stars. They recorded "Man from MI5", "Return of Django" & "Live Injection" with Perry.
In 1969, Perry was approached to go on tour in Europe, but Gladdy's All-Stars were not able to make the trip. Perry turned to another young band called The Hippy Boys who were working with Edward "Bunny" Lee. The Hippy Boys consisted of Glen Adams (keyboards), Alva "Reggie" Lewis (guitar) Aston "Family Man" Barrett (bass) and Carlton Barrett (drums).
After the European tour Perry and the Upsetters worked closely with The Wailers up until their falling out in 1971. The Barrett brothers went on with Bob Marley at this juncture.
By 1972, The Upsetters were a true "floating" band. Perry decided to forego a permanent line-up and simply used the best musicians he could find at the time.
During the Black Ark era (1974-1979), the core of the band was Boris Gardiner (bass), Mikey Richards, Sly Dunbar, and Benbow Creary (drums), Earl "Chinna" Smith (guitar), and Winston Wright and Keith Stirling (keyboards).
The Upsetters 1968 - 1986
Aston "Family Man" Barrett, Jackie Jackson, Boris Gardiner, Radcliffe Bryan, Robbie Shakespeare, Spike
Carlton Barrett, Lloyd "Tin Leg" Adams, Lloyd Knibb, Mikey Richards, Sly Dunbar, Benbow Creary, Winston Grennan, Hugh Malcolm, Peng
Glen Adams, Winston Wright, Ansel Collins, Gladstone Anderson, Keith Stirling, Theophilus Beckford, Robbie Lyn, Augustus Pablo, Mark Downie, Russ Cummings
Alva Lewis, Hux Brown, Earl "Chinna" Smith, Ron Williams, Ernest Ranglin, Willie Lindo, Michael Chung, Robert Johnson, Geoffrey Chung, Mark Downie, Tarlok Mann
Val Bennett, Tommy McCook, Richard "Dirty Harry" Hall, Glen DaCosta, Lloyd Clarke
Vin Gordon, Ron Wilson, Bobby Ellis, David Madden, Egbert Evans, Trevor Jones
Lee Perry, Dave Barker, Leo Graham, Max Romeo, Jah Lion
Return Of Django
Touch Of Fire
Drugs And Poison
Eight For Eight
Man From M.I.5
Ten To Twelve
Music On Vinyl, Fontana, Trojan Records, Sunspot, Upsetter
Jamaica, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, United States of America, Europe
1969, 1970, 1995, 1996, 2001, 2003, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2020, 2021
Boris Gardiner,George Faith,Vin Gordon,
,Geoffrey Chung,Winston Wright,Alva "Reggie" Lewis,Cedric Myton,Bobby Ellis,Herman Marquis,Earl "Chinna" Smith,Carlton Barrett,
Aston "Family Man" Barrett
,Noel "Scully" Simms,Lloyd Adams,Michael Richards,Richard "Dirty Harry" Hall,Robert Johnson (5),Anthony Creary,Errol Nelson