Welton Dobson, 1960, Jamaica, West Indies. Welton began his career performing as, simply, Welton, toasting for Big John's Stereophonic Sound (later known as Echo Tone Hi Fi) from 1976 till 1981. He initially emulated his hero Ranking Trevor, sometimes proving indistinguishable. Welton built up a hardcore group of devotees, enabling him to introduce young talent to the sound. One of Welton's proteges was General Echo, who, alongside Big John and Flux, was inexplicably gunned down by police in Kingston.