Greensleeves record store at 44 Uxbridge Road in Shepherds Bush
Image caption: The Greensleeves record store at its original location - 44 Uxbridge Road in Shepherds Bush

Greensleeves Records

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44 Uxbridge Road
Shepherds Bush
W12 8LG

If you’ve ever been into dancehall and reggae music, it's almost a certainty that the imprint of Greensleeves Records will be found in your collection.

From 1977 onwards it became the number one label for both the sound of the Caribbean, and for of Caribbean-influenced black British music.

Remember Barrington Levy, Dennis Brown, Freddie McGregor, Gregory Isaacs? Every single one of them had records out with that logo on their label.

And if you have one or more of them, what are the chances you bought them from the legendary Greensleeves shop at 44 Uxbridge Road – a place to hear the latest tunes, or just hang-out back in the day.

Across the 1980s and 1990s Tippa Irie, Shaggy and Beenie Man all had pop crossover hits from the clan.

And, coming into the new century, names known by the younger record buyer have included Wayne Wonder and Sean Paul.

Even if you didn’t know it, Greensleeves may be there amid your vinyl or CDs: Cool Rockers, Evolution of Dub and UK Bubblers are all sub-labels that have, one time or another, been a part of the family.

Along the way they have also been hugely active in the publishing market: Shaggy’s 1993 worldwide smash Oh Carolina is surely their biggest hit.

Greensleeves wrote the book when it comes to UK pop-reggae, while keeping fans of a rootsier sound well supplied at the same time.

Newspaper advert for Greensleeves Records

Celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2017, they referenced the scene that gave birth to them with a limited edition EP, White Man In Hammersmith Palais, featuring a track each from Ken Boothe, Dillinger, Leroy Smart and Delroy Wilson (see what they did there?).

Today

The former site of Greensleeves is now occupied by the extended Shepherds Bush tube station.

The label, now owned by New York based VP Records, continues to please dancehall and reggae fans worldwide.

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