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Pato Banton is a reggae singer and toaster from Birmingham, England. He received the nickname “Pato Banton” from his stepfather; The first name derives from a Jamaican night owl that stays up all night calling “patoo, patoo” and the last name from the disc jockey slang word “Banton” which means heavyweight lyricist or storyteller. In 1994, he achieved a number 1 on the UK Singles Chart with a cover of The Equals’ Baby Come Back featuring Robin and Ali Campbell of UB40. Banton first came to public attention in the early 1980s when he worked with The Beat. He recorded “Pato and Roger a Go Talk” with Ranking Roger, included on the 1982 album Special Beat Service. He went on to record a series of singles for Fashion Records and Don Christie Records.
He was one of the guest artists that appeared on the UB40 album Baggariddim in 1985. Banton’s debut album was 1985, Mad Professor-produced Mad Professor Captures Pato Banton, followed in 1987 by Never Give In, which included a collaboration with Paul Shaffer and a follow-up to his earlier collaboration with Ranking Roger with “Pato and Roger Come Again”. After an EP in 1988, Banton released a more pop-oriented LP, Visions of the World, followed by 1990’s Wize Up! (No Compromise), which included a college radio hit in Spirits in the Material World (The Police cover) and another collaboration, “Wize Up!”, this time with David Hinds of Steel Pulse.