Brigadier Jerry born Robert Russell, on 28 September 1957, in the Papine area of the eastern side of Kingston, Jamaica. Brigadier was first known as a stand-up comedian then switched to deejaying for local sound systems. One of the first sounds that he was linked to was the King Stur-Gav Hi-Fi sound system.
In 1978, he appeared on the Jah Love Muzik sound system. On this set Brigadier was known to spread the message of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. In 1980, Brigadier’s style of deejaying set him apart from the others, and he became one of the most popular deejays on the island of Jamaica. Concerning his style, Brigadier has always given much credit and thanks to his predecessors U-Roy, Prince Jazzbo, Big Youth, and Dennis Alcapone. In that same year, Briggy teamed up with Studio One. In 1982, he recorded on the Jwyanz label the songs “Pain” on the Answer riddim and “Gwan a School” which were hits in Jamaica. The following year (1983), he recorded his first album Live at the Controls, and in 1985 his second album Jamaica Jamaica. (See his other work at the end)
• Live at the Controls (1983), Dance Hall• Jamaica Jamaica (1985), RAS• On the Road (1986), RAS• Hail Him (1992), TappaCompilations• Freedom Street (1995), VP
Appears on• 129 Beat Street Ja-Man Special• Wild Goose Race• A Dee-Jay Explosion• This One’s Dedicated To You• Ghetto Stylee• Going Down To Texas• Champion D.Js From Studio 1• Every Man A Mi Brethren• Dancehall• Fred Locks A Dreadlocks• Rub-A-Dub Soldiers• Roots Man Skank• Fight For Your Rights• Stalag 17,18 & 19• What Kind Of World• Studio One DJ’s• Every Man A Me Brethren• Studio One Dj’s Vol 2• Ram Dance Master• Trojan Eighties Box Set• Jamaica Jamaica• Trojan Ras Reggae Box Set• Armagiddeon Style• Trojan Reggae For Kids Box Set• Smart, Smart, SmartAs a musicianVocals• Brigadier Jerry – Jamaica Jamaica