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Dizzy Heights

Member of:

The Krew, Dizzi Heights Quartet, The Council Collective

Alias:

Dizzi Heights, Dizzy Hite

Dizzy Heights (Brian Beaton) honed his skills in places such as the Wag Club, Titanic and London’s first hip hop club, Language Lab. He was a former member of Newtrament’s The Krew before joining The Rapattack Sound System and was one of the first UK hip hop acts to sign to a major label, releasing ‘Christmas Rapping’ in 1982.

In 1984 he appeared as a member of The Council Collective, a group consisting of Paul Weller’s Style Council and various guests such as Dee C. Lee, Junior Giscombe, etc. He recorded the track, ‘A Gospel’, as Dizzy Hite with the group which appeared on their Cafe Bleu album, retitled My Ever Changing Moods in the US, and after his signing to Polygram the following year, reworked the track for his debut release on the label, subtly retitling it ‘The Gospel! (Tell It Like It Is)’.

Dizzy went on to release several singles, experimenting with a more dance based sound and also ventured into the world of acting, with guest appearances in a couple of TV shows in the 1980’s.

Christmas Rapping [1982]

Label: Polydor
Catalogue #: WRAPX 1
Year: 1982
Format: 12″
Country of Origin: UK

Side A
Christmas Rapping (Long Version)

Side B
Unrapping

Notes: Although the labels were identical this was issued with two different sleeves, as pictured. Also note the slightly different spelling of his name.

The Gospel [1985]

Label: Parlophone
Catalogue #: 12 DIZZ 1
Year: 1985
Format: 12″
Country of Origin: UK

Side A
The Gospel! (Tell It Like It Is) [6:01]

Side B
The Gospel! (Tell It Like It Is) (Dub Mix) [9:13]
The Gospel! (Tell It Like It Is) (Instrumental) [4:40]

Label: Parlophone
Catalogue #: 12 DIZZ 1
Year: 1985
Format: 12″
Country of Origin: UK

Side A
The Gospel! (Tell It Like It Is) [6:01]

Side B
The Gospel! (Tell It Like It Is) (Dub Mix) [9:13]
The Gospel! (Tell It Like It Is) (Instrumental) [4:40]