Following Perry's departure from Gibbs' employ, the group reunited with him for a number of sides for Deltone Records, but by 1970 Junior had embarked on a solo career, cutting a series of superior sides for Perry's Upsetter label. Among the best of his works during this time were two hugely popular strident original compositions, 'A Place Called Africa' and 'Beat Down Babylon' - the latter of which led to the highly collectable Trojan album from 1972.
While many of Junior's recordings were classic Roots tunes, he continued to enter the annual festival song contest and cut the celebratory 'Festival Da Da,' - another highlight that later featured on his aforementioned album début.
Later works included the classic 'Pharaoh Hiding', a haunting version of Little Willie John's 'Fever' and the affirmative, `Rasta No Pickpocket.' This led to the release of the 1974 smash, 'Curly Locks', which should have crossed over into the Pop charts after being picked up for release in the UK by the Magnet label, following the mainstream label's success with Susan Cadogan's, 'Hurts So Good'. Despite its failure to do so, the song has since remained a Reggae classic with numerous interpretations surfacing over the ensuing years.
Junior's star remained on the ascendant when he recorded 'Fade Away' at Channel One studios, with the single becoming another Jamaican chart-buster that went on to feature in the soundtrack to the film 'Rockers'. Its popularity led to sessions with various producers including Pete Weston who in 1976 released Jordan - the singer's second album that contained re-cuts of some of his most popular songs with Scratch. Junior also reunited with Joe Gibbs, the reunion spawning the sublime 'Dreadlocks Time' and the dancehall favourite, 'Heart And Soul'.
Unfortunately, it was around this time that ill health finally took its toll, with Junior finally checking in to Kingston's Belle Vue hospital as his recording career was put on hold. By the early '80s, he had recouperated to the extent that he was able to return to the recording studio at long last recording the album Rasta No Pickpocket with various members of the Roots Radics and Niney The Observer. Since then he has continued working sporadically and more recently wowed audiences when he appeared at Rebel Salute the Garance Reggae Festival.