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Cover of the album "Clancy Eccles & The Dynamites - Nyah Reggae Rock - 1969-1970" released by Jamaican Gold in 1997
Cover of the album "Clancy Eccles & The Dynamites - Nyah Reggae Rock - 1969-1970" released by Jamaican Gold in 1997

Clancy Eccles (December 9, 1940, Dean Pen, Jamaica–June 30, 2005, Spanish Town, Jamaica) was a Jamaican reggae singer, promoter and record producer. Image File history File links Clancy_Eccles_Nyah_Reggae_Rock. ... Image File history File links Clancy_Eccles_Nyah_Reggae_Rock. ... December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... June 30 is the 181st day of the year (182nd in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 184 days remaining, and the last day of June. ... 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A 1774 engraving of Spanish Towns colonial offices Spanish Town is the former Spanish and English capital of Jamaica, during the 16th through 19th centuries, and is a World Heritage Site. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica. ... Simon Le Bon lead singer of Duran Duran in concert, 2003. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) is (among many other tasks) primarily responsible for completing a master recording so that it is fit for mass production and commercial release. ...

One the most respected personalities in Jamaican music, singer, songwriter, arranger, producer, show promoter, talent scout and tailor Clancy Eccles, mostly known for his early reggae works, also brought a political dimension to this music. Jamaica is an island country in the Caribbean Sea, known as the birthplace of many popular musical genres, including reggae, dub, raggamuffin and ska. ... Artist and repertoire (A&R for short) is a music industry term that refers to the division of a record label that is responsible for scouting and developing talent. ... A tailor is a person whose occupation is to sew clothes custom-fit to individuals, and to repair clothes. ...



Son of a tailor and builder, Clancy Eccles spent his childhood in the countryside of the parish of Saint Mary, where he used to attend regularly church cult and became soon influenced by spiritual singing. In his late teens, he moved to Ocho Rios where he made his first musical steps, performing at night in various shows, with artists like The Blues Busters, Higgs & Wilson or Buster Brown. Saint Mary, Jamaica, is a parish located in the north, north eastern part of Jamaica. ... A spiritual is an African American song, usually with a Christian religious text. ... Ocho Rios is a city on the northern coast of Jamaica. ...

He moved to Kingston in 1959 where he started his musical career as a singer. He first recorded for Coxsone Dodd, who noticed him at a talent show, and had a Jamaican hit in 1961 with the early-ska tune "Freedom" recorded actually in 1959 but a sound system favorite since then. Talking about the repatriation to Africa, an idea developped by the growing rastafari movement, "Freedom" was one of the first Jamaican songs with socially oriented lyrics. Curiousely, it also became the first Jamaican hit to be used on political purposes with Alexander Bustamante, founder of the Jamaican Labour Party and at this time Chief Minister of Jamaica adopting it for his fight against the Federation of the West Indies in 1960. Location of Kingston Kingston (population 600,000) is the capital of Jamaica. ... Clement Seymour Sir Coxsone Dodd (Kingston, Jamaica, January 26, 1932 – May 5, 2004) was a Jamaican record producer who was influential in the development of reggae and other forms of Jamaican music in the 1950s, 60s and later. ... This page is about the musical style. ... Sound system has multiple meanings: A sound reinforcement system is a system for amplifying, reproducing, and sometimes recording audio. ... // Etymology World map showing Africa (geographically) The name Africa came into Western use through the Romans, who used the name Africa terra — land of the Afri (plural, or Afer singular) — for the northern part of the continent, as the province of Africa with its capital Carthage, corresponding to... Haile Selassie Ras Tafari was the title used by Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia during his time as tenure Regent and Crown Prince (1916-1928). ... Sir William Alexander Clarke Bustamante (February 24, 1884 - August 6, 1977) was a conservative Jamaican politician and labor leader. ... The Jamaica Labour Party is a right-wing political party in Jamaica. ... The Prime Minister of Jamaica is Jamaicas head of government, currently Percival Patterson. ... National motto: Official language English Capital Chaguaramas Capitals coordinates Largest city {{{largestcity}}} {{{head_of_state}}} {{{current_head_of_state}}} {{{head_of_government}}} {{{current_head_of_government}}} Political system Constitutional monarchy Area  - Total   - % water Ranked % Population   - Total (1960)   - Density Ranked approx. ...

In the years after, Eccles had other successful songs, mixing boogie/R&B influences with emerging ska rhythm, like "River Jordan" or "Glory Hallelujah". Boogie refers to the guitar technique in which struming is fast and on one chord progression the pinky is lifted on and off a fret to satisfy the scale progression, as in Chuck Berrys Johnny B. Goode ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ...

In 1962, he started promoting concerts and set up his "Christmas Morning" talent show in association with Coxsone at the beginning, then on his own. He organized shows for The Clarendonians in 1963 and in 1964-1965 for The Wailers in different locations. He launched other talent search contests with "Battle of the Stars", "Clancy Eccles Revue", "Independent Revue" or "Reggae Soul Revue", from where emerged such stars like Barrington Levy or Culture... The Wailers (Tacoma, Washington) ; were an American rock band, often considered the first garage rock group. ... Barrington Levy (born April 30, 1964) is a reggae and dancehall musician. ... Culture is a Jamaican roots rock reggae group founded in 1976. ...

From 1963 he recorded with different producers like Leslie Kong's business partner, Charlie Moo, or the husband of Sonia Pottinger, Lyndon, but couldn't make a living of his music and so decided to quit in 1965 for working as a tailor in Annotto Bay. During this period, he made stage outfits for musicians like Kes Chin, The Mighty Vikings, Byron Lee and the Dragonnaires, Carlos Malcolm or The Blue Busters. Leslie Kong (1933–August 9, 1971) ran the Beverleys label. ... A tailor is a person whose occupation is to sew clothes custom-fit to individuals, and to repair clothes. ...

He went back to music in 1967, producing his own recordings as well as other artists and soon scored with Eric 'Monty' Morris' hit, "Say What You're Saying" and his own song "Feel The Rhythm", both now recognized as being among the first early reggae tunes.

He entered then a very prolific period with popular success both in Jamaica and UK (his first hit "What Will Your Mama Say" was released by the recently created UK label, Pama Records). A record label is a brand created by companies that specialize in manufacturing, distributing and promoting audio and video recordings, on various formats including compact discs, LPs, DVD-Audio, SACDs, and cassettes. ...

In 1968, his song "Fattie Fattie", became a skinhead classic, along whith his productions of the DJ King Stitt ("Fire Corner", "Van Cleef", "Herbman Shuffle"...). He also recorded many organ-led instrumentals with his session band named The Dynamites (same band has Derrick Harriott's Crystalites) featuring Winston Wright. By releasing in 1970 an instrumental version of "Herbman Shuffle" called "Phantom" with a mix focusing on the bass line, Eccles paved the way along with other innovators, to dub music. Skinheads, named after their shaven heads, are members of a subculture that originated in Britain in the 1960s, where they were closely tied to the Rude boy of the West Indies and the Mods of the UK. English Skinhead on cutdown circa 1991 // Categories National Socialist Skinheads in Toledo. ... For other meanings see Toast (disambiguation) Toasting, chatting, or DJing is the act of talking or chanting over a rhythm or beat. ... The Casavant pipe organ at Notre-Dame de Montréal Basilica, Montreal The organ is one of the oldest musical instruments in the western musical tradition, with a rich history connected with the Christian religion and civic ceremony. ... It has been suggested that Dub reggae be merged into this article or section. ...

Eccles launched different labels, "Clansone", "New beat" and above all "Clandisc" (also a UK subsidiary of Trojan for his works) on which he recorded artists like Alton Ellis, Joe Higgs, the Trinidian Lord Creator ("Kingston Town"), Larry Marshall, Hemsley Morris, Earl Lawrence, The Beltones, Glen Ricks, Cynthia Richards, Buster Brown and in the early 70s, Beres Hammond... Trojan Records Trojan Records is a label specialising in ska,rocksteady,reggae and dub music. ... Alton Ellis (*1944 in Jamaican musician, best known as the innovator of rocksteady music. ... Joe Higgs was born on June 3rd 1940 and died of cancer on December 18th 1999. ... Trinidad (Spanish, Trinity) is the largest of the 23 islands which make up the country of Trinidad and Tobago. ... Beres Hammond (b. ...

Appreciated by the musicians for his fairness, and his sense of equity, he also helped Lee Perry to set up his Upsetter label in 1968, and Winston 'Niney' Holmes later known as 'The Observer' to record his first hit as a producer in 1971 ("Blood & Fire"). Lee Scratch Perry, The Upsetter in Dub Lee Scratch Perry (born Rainford Hugh Perry March 20, 1936) is one of the most influential people in the development of reggae and dub music in Jamaica. ...

Also a socialist militant, he took part in Jamaica's 1972 prime minister elections in organizing a "Bandwagon" featuring Bob Marley & the Wailers, Dennis Brown, Max Romeo, Delroy Wilson & Inner Circle among others who went around the island to support the campaign of the PNP leader Michael Manley. Troughout the 70s, he remained close to Manley and wrote several songs in praise of the PNP program including his hits "Power For The People", "Rod Of Correction" or "Generation Belly". The color red and particularly the red flag are traditional symbols of Socialism. ... Bob Marley The Hon. ... Dennis Emmanuel Brown (February 1, 1957 – July 1, 1999) was a Jamaican reggae singer, who pioneered the lovers rock style of reggae. ... Categories: Possible copyright violations ... Delroy Wilson was a legendary ska, rock_steady and reggae singer. ... Inner circle describes the individuals who are given special status, especially in terms of: religious and quasi-religious groups (especially cults and gnostic movements); secret societies; organized crime (especially gangs and mafia-type groups). ... For other uses, see Peoples National Party (disambiguation). ... Michael Norman Manley (December 10, 1924 – March 6, 1997) was the fifth Prime Minister of Jamaica (1972 - 1980, 1989 - 1992). ...

By the mid 70s, his popularity declined and he had to live off his shows. In the 80s, Eccles slowed down his musical activities, and til his death, never met succes again, apart from few politically songs like "Dem Mash Up The Country" in 1985.

Clancy Eccles died on June the 30th 2005 in Spanish Town Hospital from complications of a heart attack. A myocardial infarction occurs when an atherosclerotic plaque slowly builds up in the inner lining of a coronary artery and then suddenly ruptures, totally occluding the artery and preventing blood flow downstream. ...


Singles before 1967

  • River Jordan / I Live And I Love - 1960 - Blue Beat produced by Coxsone Dodd
  • Freedom / More Proof - 1960 - Blue Beat produced by Coxsone Dodd
  • Judgement / Baby Please - 1963 - Island Records producted for Charlie Moo
  • I'm The Greatest - 1963 - produced by Mike Shadad
  • Glory Hallelujah - 1963 - Island Records produced by Coxsone Dodd
  • Sammy No Dead / Roam Jerusalem - 1965 - Ska Beat produced by Lyndon Pottinger.
  • Miss Ida - 1965 - Ska Beat

Island Records is a record label that was founded in Jamaica in 1959 by Chris Blackwell. ...

Compilations after 1967

Clancy Eccles:

  • Clancy Eccles - Freedom - 1969 - Clandisc/Trojan
  • Clancy Eccles - 1967-1983 - Joshua's Rod Of Correction - Jamaican Gold (1996)
  • Clancy Eccles - Top Of The Ladder - 1973 - Big Shot/Trojan

Clancy Eccles & The Dynamites

  • The Dynamites - Fire Corner - 1969 - Clandisc
  • Clancy Eccles & The Dynamites - Herbsman Reggae - 1970 - Clandisc
  • Clancy Eccles & The Dynamites - Top Of The Ladder - 1973 - Big Shot/Trojan
  • The Dynamites - The Wild Bunch Are The Dynamites - 1967-1971 - Jamaican Gold (1996)
  • Clancy Eccles & The Dynamites - Nyah Reggae Rock - 1969-1970 - Jamaican Gold (1997)

Clancy Eccles productions:

  • King Stitt - Reggae Fire Beat - 1969-1970 - Jamaican Gold (1996)
  • Cynthia Richards & Friends - Foolish Fool -1970 - Clandisc
  • Tito Simon - Just Tito Simon - 1973 - Horse/Trojan coproduced by Joe Sinclair
  • Various - Clancy Eccles - Fatty Fatty - 1967-1970 - Trojan (1998)
  • Various - Clancy Eccles Presents His Reggae Revue - Rock Steady Intensified - 1967-1972 - Heartbeat Records (1990)
  • Various - Clancy Eccles - Feel The Rhythm - 1966-1968 - Jamaican Gold (2000)
  • Various - Clancy Eccles' Rock Steady Reggae Revue at Sombrero Club - 1967-1969 - Jamaican Gold (2001)
  • Various - Clancy Eccles' Reggae Revue At The Ward Theatre - 1969-1970 - Jamaican Gold (2001)
  • Various - Clancy Eccles' Reggae Revue At The VIP Club - 1970-1973 - Jamaican Gold (2001)
  • Various - Clancy Eccles' Reggae Revue At The Carib Theatre - 1973-1986 - Jamaican Gold (2001)
  • Various - Clancy Eccles: Freedom - An Anthology - Trojan (Oct. 2005)



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