Don Carlos was born in the poor neighborhood of Western Kingston known as Waterhouse. His name at birth was Ervin Spencer but he would become the musical “Don” of the area after displaying his unique musical vocal powers. Don’s vocal style was new and original and it would influence the styles of many talented Reggae singers like Junior Reid, Barrington Levy, and Michael Rose that followed.
Don Carlos began singing in 1973 alongside Garth Dennis and Derrick “Ducky” Simpson as the original Black Uhuru group. After releasing a few singles that were not widely successful, the trio split up and began solo careers. Eventually Garth joined the Wailing Souls and Ducky reformed Black Uhuru with Michael Rose and Puma Jones. However Don Carlos’ solo career started with a blast!
In 1981 Don released the album “Suffering” to huge critical acclaim, and also in 1981 he partnered with childhood friend Gold to co-producer the album “Them Never Know Natty Dread Have Him Credential.” In next four years, from 1981 through 1984, either as a solo release or alongside Gold, Don released the albums “Day to Day Living,” “Harvest Time,” “Spread Out,” “Raving Tonight,” “Pass the Lazer Beam,” “Ghetto Living,” and “Just A Passing Glance”. Today all are considered to be classic Reggae recordings.
An award ceremony in California reunited the three original Black Uhuru members and the singers reformed the group in the early 1990’s. The reunification lasted for four very successful albums and many world tours until Don re-entered his solo career in 1996. Through all the years and touring Don Carlos has remained humbly committed to the task of spreading Jah love through the power of Reggae music. Groundation was honored with the presence and positive energy of Don Carlos magical singing voice on the albums Hebron Gate and We Free Again.