The 81 year-old veteran singer/producer Derrick Harriot is in no way upset about rumours stating that he had died. Instead, he is grateful for the many calls he received which shows that persons cared about him. Harriot, who is still actively recording has quite a number of unreleased singles. He started his career in the 1950s as a singer when he entered the Vere Johns Opportunity Hour. He later joined forces with Claude Sang Jnr and they won several times. The Vere Johns Opportunity Hour began in the 1940s and ended in the early 1960s. Harriot has many smash hits such as: What Can I Do, Fistful Of Dollars, The Loser and Walk The Streets.
During his time as a producer, he worked with numerous artistes such as Dennis Brown; The Crown Prince Of Reggae. He also produced songs by The Chosen Few, Scotty, The Kingstonians, Keith and Tex. They all recorded for his labels called Crystal and Move And Groove. Harriot’s record store is located at Constant Spring Road in Kingston. In 2009, he received the Order of Distinction from the Jamaican Government and a decade later, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award in Music at the Jamaica Reggae Industry Association (JaRIA) Awards.