Wilburn Theodore Cole was given the nickname "Stranger" for not resembling anyone else in his family. However, he clearly inherited musical talent from his guitarist father and uncle. At the age of 17, Stranger recorded his debut single Rough & Tough, a ska hit featuring a rousing harmonica solo. He often used duet partners, pairing up with Ken Boothe, Patsy Todd and Gladstone Anderson. The soulful vocalist also worked with notable Jamaican producers Lee "Scratch" Perry and Bunny "Striker" Lee. In 2003, Trojan Records released the retrospective Bangarang: The Best of Stranger Cole 1962-1972.
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