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Encyclopedia > Coxsone Dodd

Clement Seymour "Sir Coxsone" Dodd (Kingston, Jamaica, January 26, 1932May 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. He has been called "the most significant man in reggae music". His gained his nickname "Coxsone" at school from a member of the famous Yorkshire cricket team of the '40s, due to his teenage talent as a cricketer. Location of Kingston Kingston (population 600,000) is the capital of Jamaica. ... January 26 is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1932 (MCMXXXII) is a leap year starting on Friday. ... May 5 is the 125th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (126th in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In the music industry, a record producer (or music producer) has many roles, among them controlling the recording sessions, coaching and guiding the performers, and supervising the recording, mixing and mastering processes. ... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica. ... Jamaica is an island country in the Caribbean Sea, known as the birthplace of many popular musical genres, including reggae, dub, raggamuffin and ska. ... // Events and trends This map shows two essential global spheres during the Cold War in 1959. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... For the insect, see Cricket (insect). ...

Sound system

Dodd used to play records to the customers in his parents' shop. During a spell in the South of the United States of America he became familiar with the Rhythm and Blues music so popular there at the time. In 1954, back in Jamaica, he set up the Downbeat Sound System, being the owner of a PA, a turntable, and some US records, which he would import from New Orleans and Miami. With the great success of his sound system, and in a highly competitive environment, Dodd would make trips through the States looking for new tunes to attract the Jamaican public. Dodd opened 5 different sound systems, each playing every night, and run by people such as Lee "Scratch" Perry (who was Dodd's right hand man during his early career), U-Roy and Prince Buster. Rhythm and blues (or R&B) was coined as a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Jerry Wexler at Billboard magazine, used to designate upbeat popular music performed by African American artists that combined jazz and blues. ... 1954 (MCMLIV) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Look up Pa in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Pa, PA or pa may stand for: pa, a word for dad or father (pa or paw) pa, Chinese political title meaning hegemon Pa, Maori word meaning a fortified village or redoubt, described at length in Maori Wars Per annum, p. ... A turntable is any rotating platform: a phonograph (or the platter of), used to play vinyl records, or by DJs to mix or scratch them (see turntablism) a device used at some railroad facilities to turn a locomotive or other rolling stock around, or onto one of several radially arranged... New Orleans is the largest city in the state of Louisiana, United States of America. ... This article is about the city in Florida. ... 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. ... U-Roy (born Ewart Beckford September 21, 1942 in Jones Town, Jamaica, also known as The Originator, Hugh Roy) U-Roys musical career began in 1961 (see 1961 in music) when he began DJing at various sound systems, eventually working with King Tubby. ... Cecil Bustamente Campbell (born May 28, 1938), better known as Prince Buster, is a musician from Kingston, Jamaica and regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of ska music. ...

Recording career

When the American R&B craze ended in the United States Dodd and his rivals were forced to begin recording their own Jamaican music in order to meet the local demand for new music. Initially these recordings were exclusively for a particular sound system but the records quickly developed into an industry in their own right. In 1959 he founded a record company called World Disc. In 1963 he opened Studio One in Brentford Road, Kingston. It was the first black-owned recording studio in Jamaica (see 1963 in music). He held regular Sunday evening auditions in search of new talent, and it was here he discovered Bob Marley, singing as a part of The Wailers. He gave them a five year exclusive contract with 20 pounds for each song recorded. Their song Simmer down, a Dodd production of a Bob Marley song, was number one in Jamaica in February 1964. Marley was invited to sleep in a back room at the studio for a while until Marley left Studio One in 1968. 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1963 (MCMLXIII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... Studio One is one of Reggaes most renowned record labels, having been described as the Motown of Jamaica. ... See also: 1962 in music, other events of 1963, 1964 in music, 1960s in music and the list of years in music // Events January 1 - The Beatles start a 5 day tour in Scotland to support the release of their new single, Love Me Do. January 4 - At Cortina d... Robert Nesta Marley, OM, (February 6, 1945 – May 11, 1981) better known as Bob Marley, was a Jamaican singer, guitarist, songwriter and activist. ... For the Nintendo 64 emulator, see 1964 (Emulator). ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ...

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Studio One sound was virtually synonymous with the sound of rocksteady, and he attracted some of the best of Jamaican talent to his stable over this time. Without the rock steady and ska that he was so involved with there could have been no reggae music. He has worked with many reggae legends, including Winston "Burning Spear" Rodney, Delroy Wilson, Horace Andy and Sugar Minott. He is considered to be the first producer to really bring forward the Rastafarian faith in reggae music. Rocksteady is the name given to a style of music popular in Jamaica between 1966 and 1968. ... This page is about the musical style. ... Winston Rodney (born March 1, 1948) a. ... Delroy Wilson was a legendary ska, rock_steady and reggae singer. ... Horace Andy is a legendary roots reggae singer, notable for such tracks as Government Land, You Are My Angel and Skylarking. ... Sugar Minnott (born May 25, 1956) is a Jamaican singer. ... Rasta hairstyle Rastafarianism is a religious movement that believes in the divinity of former emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia. ...

He continued to be active in the music business and on Friday 1st May 2004 Kingston´s Brentford Road was renamed Studio One Boulevard in a ceremony which paid tribute to his accomplishments as a producer. He then suddenly died four days later of a heart attack while working at Studio One. (Redirected from 1st May) May 1 is the 121st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (122nd in leap years). ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 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. ...

External links

  • Biography
  • Article on working with Bob Marley
  • Guardian, UK Obituary

  Results from FactBites:
Scratch : dub, reggae, rocksteady & ska (Clement "Coxsone" Dodd) (514 words)
Dodd has been the recipient of countless accolades, awards and acknowledgments (including the Jamaica Order of Distinction, the third highest honor issued by the Jamaican government) for his immense contributions to the island’s music industry as sound system operator, record producer and founder of Studio One, Jamaica’s first and only self sufficient record label.
Dodd’s life and musical achievements featuring comments from several singers and musicians who got their start at Studio One will be released in April 2002; the documentary, The Studio One Story, will premier at Kingston’s Carib Theater and a press conference will coincide with the release date.
Dodd has retained control of his entire body of work, bestowing to Jamaica’s cultural legacy a well preserved asset, which should be studied, protected and celebrated particularly during the 50th anniversary of Jamaican music.
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