Leroy Smart

Leroy Smart (born 1952, Kingston, Jamaica) is a reggae singer and producer.

Leroy Smart
Also known asThe Don
Born1952 (age 68–69)
OriginKingston, Jamaica
GenresReggae, dancehall
Years active1968–present
LabelsBurning Sounds, Secret Records


Smart was born in 1952 and orphaned at the age of two. He was raised at Maxfield Park Children's Home and educated at Alpha Boys School,[1] where he studied singing, drums, and dancing.[2]

Smart recorded his first single, "It Pains Me", in 1969 for a producer called Mr. Caribbean.[3] In 1970, he recorded "Ethiopia" for Joe Gibbs and the first version of one of his most famous songs, "Pride & Ambition", with producer Gussie Clarke. His breakthrough would come in 1973 with "Mother Liza", produced by Jimmy Radway, which topped the local singles chart, and led to "Pride & Ambition" also becoming a big local hit.[2] After working with Bunny Lee for several years, he recorded another of his best-known songs, "Ballistic Affair" at Channel One, in 1976, and began producing himself in 1977. Smart has continued recording and remains popular, with over 35 albums to his name. He is regarded as one of Jamaica's most outrageous and colourful characters.[4]

Smart appeared in the film Rockers along with contemporaries such as Gregory Isaacs and Jacob Miller.


  • Ballistic Affair (1977) Conflict/Channel One (aka The Very Best of Leroy Smart)
  • Dread Hot In Africa (1977) Burning Sounds
  • Impressions of Leroy Smart (1977) Burning Sounds
  • Superstar (1977) Third World/Jackpot
  • In London Clinker (1978) Attack
  • Jah Loves Everyone (1978) Burning Sounds
  • Propaganda (1978) Burning Rockers/Burning Sounds
  • Let Everyman Survive (1979) GG's
  • Showcase Rub A Dub (1979) GG's
  • Disco Showcase (1979) Gussie
  • Harder Than The Rest (197?) Tad's
  • Reggae Showcase Vol 1 (197?) Imperial
  • Too Much Grudgefulness (1981) Jah Life
  • She Just a Draw Card (1982) Worldwide Success
  • On Top (1983) Live & Learn
  • She Love It In The Morning (1983) GG's
  • Style and Fashion (1983) Nura
  • Exclusive (1984) Dynamite
  • Live Up Roots Children (1984) Sunset
  • Rockers Award Winners (1985) Greensleeves (with Sugar Minott)
  • Back To Back (1985) Volcano (with Junior Reid)
  • Bank Account (1985) Powerhouse
  • Showcase (1985) Fatman
  • We Rule Everytime (1985) Jammy's
  • Face To Face Clash (1985) Sunset (with Junior Reid)
  • Prophecy a Go Hold Dem (1986) Jah Life/WWS
  • Music in the Dancehall (198?), Zion Music Workshop
  • Musical Don (1988) Skengdon
  • Don of Class (1988) WWS
  • Talk About Friends (1993)
  • Let Everyman Survive (1993), Jamaican Gold
  • Everytime! (1994), RAS
  • Leroy Smart Meets Sister Levi (2003), Budgie Entertainments
  • Mr. Smart in Dub (2005), Jamaican Recordings
  • Private Message (2005), Grapevine
  • Jah Loves Everyone + Impressions - CD Album double disc 2019 Burning Sounds
  • Propaganda album - 180 gram Vinyl reissue Burning Sounds
  • Impressions - 180 gram Vinyl reissue 2020 Burning Sounds


  1. ^ Liner notes from the "Impressions of Leroy Smart" CD
  2. ^ a b Liner notes from the "Dread Hot In Africa" CD, 2006>
  3. ^ Interview with Leroy Smart, 2006, liner notes from the "Dread Hot In Africa" CD
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (1998). The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae. Virgin Books. ISBN 0-7535-0242-9.

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