General Smiley began his career in the late 70s at Studio One under the direction of the late Sir Coxsone Dodd. The Duo Papa Michigan and General Smiley recorded their first number 1 hit Rub A Dub Style , followed by the equally popular Nice Up The Dance.
The duo then recorded at Tuff Gong Studio the classic One Love Jamdown, produced by Jahmet Enwright, which was released as a double a-side with Freddie McGregors Jogging. Michigan And Smiley gave a dynamic performance at the annual Reggae Sunsplash Festival in 1981, which led to a debut appearance in the UK where they topped the bill at the Black Echoes Reggae Awards Show.
In 1982 Henry Junjo Lawes productions dominated the dancehall introducing current DJs to a wider audience without attenuating the sound. Michigan And Smiley recorded a grim warning to prospective philanderers, Diseases, and the song inspired Yellowman to record an identical version alongside his sparring partner, Fathead.
Throughout the 80s Michigan And Smiley sustained attention in the album charts with the releases Step By Step, Sugar Daddy, Back In The Biz and Reality Must Rule Again. The duo enjoyed a revival in the 90s when some of their earlier hits resurfaced through VP in the USA. Presently Michigan and Smiley still get Together for performances though they both are involve in their respective Projects within the realms of the art.
General Smiley has since completed his first solo CD entitled “Aim Goal Plan”
recorded at the Kingston Studio, produced by Jillian Wess for upful One Records outside of New Jersey
Is the General’s second solo CD but the first to be produced inside the General’s RuffCompany Studio, is now avaible for download on Itunes
Since 2005 General Smiley has been touring northern California, north east U.S, north west U.S and the south east U.S with some young artists and Bands such as Part One Tribe Band from Cocoa Beach Florida, Soul Medic from Nevada City California along with Jah Works of Big Island Hawaii, Sgt Remo and Mr Kali from New Mexico along side Ken Serious from Clarendon JA touring with many top DJs.
Presently General Smiley is touring the United States with the Kingston 13 Band as “The Original General Smiley and The Kingston 13 Band”, so far they have done most of southern and northern California, and a few major Festivals some of witch they did with Papa Michigan.
The Kingston 13 Band is the new force to be reckoned with in southern California, this unit of veteran Artist/Musicians who have seen the world from the highest stages first came together in February of 2008 to play at General Smiley’s Birthday Bash in Los Angeles and has since gelled into an outstanding dynamic aggregate.
The Band is comprised of lead Guitarist”Lester Fari” who has being touring with Boom Shaka, Don Carlos and many more top artists all over the globe formed his own band ( Lester Fari and the Kings Music), on Drums we have Derick Creed “Der Der ” toured with Sugar Minott, Rita Marley and many more top Jamaican Artist, on Bass we have Stefar frees from Jamaica with a good reference from a lot of young dance hall artists on Keys we have a young champ from
Texas Mat we called him “Matlock” also on keys we have Slowley also toured with Boom Shaka and many more known artists from Jamaica and California.