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Judge Dread

As a former bouncer at Brixton’s Ram Jam club, Alexander Hughes met Prince Buster and Derrick Morgan.

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As a debt collector for Trojan Records, he got to know the harsh realities of the music business.

Undeterred, as Judge Dread he forged a singular career, and his everyman approach to ska scored him more UK hits than any reggae artist in the 70s, including Bob Marley.

Always a larger-than-life individual, Dread died on-stage in Canterbury in 1998 after a heart attack.