Admiral Bailey is one of the principal and more popular DJs to emerge from the latter-day raggamuffin era of Jamaican reggae music. He was born and grew up in the Kingston 12 area of Waterhouse.
His DJ career commenced under the guidance of record producer and popular sound system operator the legendary King Jammys who was one of the most influential producers of dancehall music adopting an entirely digital rhythm. His dubs were known for their clear sound and use of effects. With this boost, it was inevitable that Admiral would attract much attention. His first tunes like “One Scotch” (with Chaka Demus) and “Ballot Box” (with Josey Wales) were minor hits, then “Politician” was even more popular.
It was the release of his tune “Punany” that catapulted the Admiral into a major league dancehall star. This tune was a massive hit despite not being played on the radio due to its lewd lyrics. He then re-recorded a version called “Healthy Body” that was fit for airplay. “Punany” set the blueprint for the bashment style that was to dominate the dancehalls and sound systems worldwide for the next 15 years.
After this, Admiral Bailey could literally do no wrong. His subsequent singles – “Big Belly Man”, “Kill Them With It”, “No Way No Better Than Yard”, “Horse Tonic”, “Think Me Did Done” and “Jump Up” all went clear and were enormous hits. All his big tunes were produced by King Jammys, who released an album “Kill Them With It” (Live And Love) to capitalise on the success of the 45s.
When the Jammys studio rose back to prominence in 1998/99 with the success of Ward 21, Admiral Bailey was ready to make his return. He had well-deserved success with cuts like “Ganja Spliff”, “What Time Is It”, “Work With It”, “Mouth Clean”, “Bashy Bashy” and “Nuh Dash Weh Yuh Pickney”. He remains an incredible performer and master DJ – an artist who is universally respected to this day.
Admiral Bailey made a short visit to the Third Eye Studio in 2000 where he cut some explosive specials. He finally returned in August 2002 where he also voiced a brand new tune – the extraordinary tale of ghetto runnings entitled “Life Rough”, produced by Rootsman.