Winston Rodney, OD (better known as Burning Spear) is a Jamaican and a living legend soul reggae singer and musician. He was born in Saint Ann's Bay, Saint Ann, Jamaica in March 1, 1948. The great influence in his life was Bob Marley and Marcus Garvey. In 1969, he met Bob Marley at the latter's farm and told him that he wanted to enter the music business. Bob Marley told him to start at Dodd's Studio One label. Larry Marshall (Reggae singer ) who was approached by Rodney who gave him advice and arranged the introduction. They were joined by tenor Delroy Hinds. The trio recorded numerous singles for Dodd and two albums before they work with Jack Ruby in 1975. They worked with Ruby on their third album and Marcus Garvey which was become successful and led to a deal with Island Records to give the album more releases. Rodney build his own Spear label for other releases where he would have full control eventhough some releases followed on Island which include a dub album (Garvey's Ghost) and the "Man in the Hills" album. In 1976, he split from both Ruby and group members (Willington and Hinds), in that point on used the name Burning Spear for him only. In 1977, Dry and Heavy was the next album (self-produced but still on Island). He performed in London in the same year with members of Aswad which act as his back up band for a sold-out show at the Rainbow Theatre (which was recorded and released as Live!) Aswad also become his back up in his next studio album "Social Living" in 1978 which featured Rico Rodriguez and Sly Dunbar.