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Rub A Dub Style-single from the Album Rub A Dub Style
Nice Up The Dance-single from the Album Rub A Dub Style
Diseases-single from the Album Downpression
One Love Jamdown-single
Natty Natty-single from the Album General Smiley meets McPullish @ the Dub Cove

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General Smiley is one half of Jamaica's number one Dee Jay duo Papa Michigan and General Smiley. Papa Michigan (born Anthony Fairclough) and General Smiley (born Erroll Bennett) were among the first dual-toasters on the Jamaican scene. Beginning in the late '70s while still in school, the humorous duo (Smiley got his name because he never smiles)
They first recorded at Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's Studio One in Jamaica, pressing their first number one hit single, "Rub a Dub Style", which featured their call and response style vocals, overdubbed on the Studio One riddim, "Vanity" (the instrumental alias given to Alton Ellis' Rocksteady classic, "I'm Just A Guy").[1] Their next single, perhaps a larger hit, "Nice Up the Dance" was a version of the quintessential Studio 1 rhythm, "Real Rock". These singles, with four other tracks, also versions of Studio One rhythms, were released as their first album, Nice Up the Dance. The names of these two singles were quickly incorporated into the lexicon of dancehall phraseology. Their call and response style was likewise influential on the future developments of the music, blending together straightforward singing styles and toasting. By 1982, they caught the attention of Henry "Junjo" Lawes, who recorded their biggest hit, "Diseases" over the "Mad Mad" riddim. This track was featured on their second LP, Downpression. They went on to cut an album for Channel One Records, Step by Step. The last of their hit records was "Sugar Daddy", pressed on RAS Records, which featured yet another reworking of "Mad Mad". The duo continues to record and make appearances at festivals and have both released solo recordings.
Throughout the 80s Michigan And Smiley sustained attention in the album charts with the releases Step By Step, Sugar Daddy, Back In The Biz and Reality Must Rule Again. The duo enjoyed a revival in the 90s when some of their earlier hits resurfaced through VP in the USA.
Presently Michigan and Smiley still get Together for performances though they both are involve in their respective Projects within the realms of the art.
General Smiley has since completed his first solo CD entitled "Aim Goal Plan"
recorded at the Kingston Studio, produced by Jillian Wess for upful One Records
now avaible for download on Itunes and CD Baby
"Stages"Is the General's second solo CD but the first produced inside the RuffCompany Studio is now avaible for download on ITunes
Since 2005 General Smiley has been touring northern California, north east U.S, north west U.S and the south east U.S with some young artists such as Part One Tribe Band from Cocoa Beach Florida, Soul Medic from Navada City California along with Jah Works of Big Island Hawaii,Sgt Remo and Mr Kali from New Mexico along side Ken Serious from Clarendon JA touring with many top DJs.
In 2008 when he passed through Austin, Texas on tour, General Smiley linked up with McPullish at Dub Compound Studio for a late night dub session after a show. When Smiley heard the music McPullish was working on he was inspired to record some new lyrics he had been carrying around in his head, thus creating their first collaboration: Natty Natty. Smiley also recorded some fiery dub specials that evening and these two have been collaborating ever since. Charlie is happy to report that a full length album and full dub companion album have been completed and are now available. General Smiley Meets McPullish At Dub Cove The music on this album is a fresh take on roots reggae, dub and more, drawing from a wide palette and many diverse influences.

Take a legendary artist and hook up with a small roots producer and reach higher ites. In the late 1980's, Blackamix and Horace Andy made musical history. In the 1990's, Jah Shaka electrified Max Romeo, Tony Tuff and Willie Williams. In the 2000's, Ryan Moore masterminded classics with Mykal Rose, Big Youth and Ranking Joe. The chemistry continues with General Smiley alongside McPullish. Original General Smiley (Errol Bennett) is a dancehall don originating from Studio One's "masterclass". As one half of Michigan & Smiley, they burst on the scene in the late 1970's and revolutionized Dancehall duos. Their "Rub A Dub Style" single ridin' over the "Vanity" riddim (Alton Ellis-I'm Just A Guy) produced by Sir Dodd put them on top of the charts. Their first album, Nice Up The Dance (Studio One) remains a classic to this day. Electric performances at Reggae Sunsplash from 1980-85 gave them international appeal. They released a few more gems, "Downpression", "Step By Step" and "Sugar Daddy" before breaking up in the late 1980's. They still get together for the occasional festival or revival show. Smiley has continued to release quality solo material and is very active in the production chair. He founded Ruff Company Records with a pure vision to give musical youth a chance; never forgetting his humble beginnings. In Los Angeles, he has been a producer for Firgo Digital Studio. He is a blazing performer t