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3203 Star Starred
B.B. King Blues Club
Between 7th and 8th Avenues 237 West 42nd Street New York City, NY 10036
212-997-4144
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6 ratings
4.7 average rating
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shaun
8 events
8 reviews
1 stars
attended Jul 30 2009

He's a legend. Grew up listening to his music, so it was greatto finally hear him live. Great energy too. I can forgive him for stealing Papa Levi's lyrics now.

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3 reviews
6 stars
attended Aug 15 2011

Yellow Fellow was very energetic and entertaining. The band played well too. I absolutely enjoyed the show. As a teenager, I grew up listening to the King. It was certainly rewarding to finally see him perform in person. He is truly a success...continued

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1 review
0 stars
attended Jul 30 2009

A waiter soured our experience: 2nd shift waiter tried to ask for credit card & ID to reopen our bill, trying to stake some tip for services the 1st waiter provided for us. These issues should be handled by management at the venue.

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Description

Yellowman has an incredible history in Reggae music. His upbringing at the Maxfield Home orphanage in Kingston and being albino in Jamaica were two obstacles the he overcame and went on to be (at one time) the biggest reggae artist since Bob Marley.

After winning a talent contest at Tastee Patties in Kingston, Yellow went on to excite reggae crowds all over Jamaica and the rest of the world with his boastful and sometimes bodacious lyrics. His ability to ride rhythm and excite a crowd made Yellow an instant hit in Jamaica. He also began to work with the Ace Sound System in St. Thomas and drew big crowds at his dancehall performances. Later in his career, Yellow began to spread out and work for a number of different producers, sometimes releasing as many as five albums per year. This led to a recording contract with CBS Records.

Yellowman recorded one album with them before he was diagnosed with jaw cancer and was given six months to live. This was in 1986. After surgery an extended leave of absence from the record industry, Yellowman began his comeback with the song “Blueberry Hill”, and his career was re-launched. His first album for RAS came from producer Phillip ‘Fatis’ Burrell and was called “Yellow Like Cheese”.

Coincidentally this was the start of a long and fruitful relationship with RAS and Yellowman and also RAS and ‘Fatis’ and his exterminator production. Yellowman has always been very professional to work with and always a respectful and reliable human being. He has managed to outlive his predicted fate of death and his performances are incredibly lively as he seems to have an unlimited amount of stage energy. We can only hope for the best for Yellowman. He has continued his hard work and his devotion to his family is to be complimented.

The rudest Dancehall toaster of the 1980s, Jamaica’s albino son Yellowman made as many enemies as fans with his controversial, often overtly sexist (if tongue in cheek) lyrics. Now back on the Ragga scene, singing at a slightly slower pace, Yellowman’s witticisms are as cheeky, spirited and intelligent as ever, and delivered with his customary sharp, melodic style.