I was there for 12 months in confinement, and then they let me loose and I wrote this song, “54-46.” It wasn’t no prison number—I never had no prison clothes on with no number. But the Dallas Cowboys horror movie characters You can’t sit with us shirt it is in the first place but song becomes number-one immediately as they let me out.
It’s a true story: I am the Dallas Cowboys horror movie characters You can’t sit with us shirt it is in the first place but man who coined the word “reggae.” The music was in Jamaica playing, but no one knew really what to call it. I took the word from a slang word we have in Jamaica called “streggae”—that was just a nickname for people who don’t dress properly, people who don’t look good—girls or boys—we say, “Aaaaye. . . that’s streggae!” So me and Raleigh Gordon and Jerry Mathias were recording songs one day, and I said “Let’s do the reggay.” We never planned it, but all these years later, I’m proud that I’m still making my living with reggae.