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The Skatalites is a Jamaican music group that played a major role in popularising ska, the first truly Jamaican music created by fusing boogie-woogie blues, rhythm and blues, jazz, mento, calypso, and African rhythms. They recorded many of their best known songs, including "Guns of navarone", in the period between 1964 and 1965, as well as played on records by Prince Buster and many other Jamaican artists. In music, a band is a company of musicians, or musical ensemble, usually popular or folk, playing parts of or improvising a musical arrangement on different musical instruments. ... Ska is a form of Jamaican music combining elements of traditional mento and calypso with an American jazz and rhythm and blues sound. ... Boogie-woogie is a style of blues piano playing that became very popular in the 1940s and was extended from piano, to three pianos at once, guitar, big band, and country and western music. ... Rhythm and blues (AKA R&B or RnB) is a popular music genre combining jazz, gospel, and blues influences — first performed by African American artists. ... Jazz is an original American musical art form originating around the start of the 20th century in New Orleans, rooted in Western music technique and theory and marked by the profound cultural contributions of African Americans. ... Mento is a style of Jamaican folk music that predates and has greatly influenced reggae music. ... Calypso might refer to one of several things: Calypso is the name of a sea nymph in Greek mythology; Calypso music is a style of Caribbean folk music; Calypso is the name of an album sung by Harry Belafonte; Calypso is the name of a moon of Saturn; 53 Kalypso... For other uses, see Africa (disambiguation). ... // Rhythm (Greek ρυθμός = tempo) is the variation of the duration of sounds or other events over time. ... One cover for the Guns of Navarone This article is about the novel. ... 1964 (MCMLXIV) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1964 calendar). ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 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 and rocksteady music. ...


The members of the group were Tommy McCook, Roland Alphonso, Lloyd Brevett, Lloyd Knibb, Lester Sterling, Don Drummond, Jah Jerry Haynes, Jackie Mittoo, Johnny Moore, Jackie Opel, and Doreen Shaffer. Trombonist Drummond's composition, "Man In The Street", entered the Top 10 in the United Kingdom. He was not only the Skatalites' busiest composer, but was the most prolific in all of Ska, with at least 200 tunes to his name by 1965. Tommy McCook (27 March 1927, Havana, Cuba-4 May 1998) was a Jamaican saxophonist. ... Cover of the 1973 Studio One compilation Best of Rolando Alphonso Roland Alphonso or Rolando Alphonso aka The Chief Musician (January 12, 1931 in Havana, Cuba-November 20, 1998 in Brooklyn, New York, USA) was Jamaican tenor saxophonist. ... Lester Sterling, a founder memeber of the Skatalies, is commonly overshadowed by fellow band memembers such as Tommy McCook, Jackie Mittoo and Don Drummond. ... Don Drummond (1932-1969) was a famous ska trombonist and composer. ... Jackie Mittoo (March 3, 1948–December 16, 1990), born in Browns Town, Saint Ann, Jamaica), was a Jamaican pianist. ... Johnny Moore (died 30 December 1998) was an American rhythm and blues singer with The Drifters. ... Born Dalton Bishop in 1938 in Barbados, Jackie Opel was gifted with a rich, deep, powerful voice only surpassed by his astounding voice range, impeccable diction and smooth dance moves. ... A trombonist is a musician who plays the trombone. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ...


On January 1, 1965, Drummond was jailed for the murder of his girlfriend, Anita 'Marguerita' Mahfood, and in August that year, the Skatalites played their last show. The break-up resulted in the formation of two supergroups, "Rolando Alphonso and the Soul Vendors" and "Tommy McCook and the Supersonics". Drummond died in the Bellevue Asylum on May 6, 1969 at age 37. January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... 1969 (MCMLXIX) was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1969 calendar). ...


In June 1983, the Skatalites reformed for a reunion performance at the Sunsplash festival in Montego Bay in July. Between 1985 and 1988, the core members of the Skatalites emigrated, and eventually coalesced in the northeast of the United States. They played their first U.S. concert at "The Village Gate", and did their first U.S. tour in January, 1990. The Skatalites continued touring the U.S., and did their first tour of Europe in 1992. 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Doctors Cave Beach Club is a popular tourist destination in Montego Bay Montego Bay is a city in Jamaica that contains Jamaicas largest airport, Sangster International Airport. ... 1985 (MCMLXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... World map showing Europe Political map Europe is one of the seven traditional continents of Earth; the term continent here referring to a cultural and political distinction, rather than a physiographic one, thus leading to various perspectives about Europes precise borders. ... 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


In January 1996, the Skatalites were nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of "Best Reggae Album" for their 1995 Shanachie release, "Hi Bop Ska". They were again nominated for a Grammy Award in the same category for their 1996 Shanachie release, "Greetings From Skamania" in January 1997. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Grammy Award The Grammy Awards (originally called the Gramophone Awards), presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music... Reggae is a music genre developed in Jamaica. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Shanchie Records was founded in 1975 by Richard Nevins and Dan Collins. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The Skatalites began their first World Tour in February 2002, covering the United States, Europe, Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Russia, and Japan, which lasted nine months. For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... World map showing Europe Political map Europe is one of the seven traditional continents of Earth; the term continent here referring to a cultural and political distinction, rather than a physiographic one, thus leading to various perspectives about Europes precise borders. ...


In 2003, the group comprised Lloyd Brevett, Lloyd Knibb, Doreen Shaffer, Lester Sterling, Cedric 'Im Brooks, Vin Gordon, Devon James, Ken Stewart and Kevin Batchelor. 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lester Sterling, a founder memeber of the Skatalies, is commonly overshadowed by fellow band memembers such as Tommy McCook, Jackie Mittoo and Don Drummond. ... Vin Gordon aka Trommie, Don D. Junior or Don Drummond Jr is a Jamaican trombone player. ...


Discography

  • Ska Authentic (Studio One, 1967)
  • Ska Authentic, Vol. 2 (Studio One, 1967)
  • African Roots (United Artists, 1978)
  • Scattered Lights (Alligator, 1984)
  • Return of the Big Guns (Island Records, 1984)
  • With Sly & Robbie & Taxi Gang (Vista, 1984)
  • Stretching Out live (ROIR, 1987)
  • Hog in a Cocoa (Culture Press, 1993)
  • I'm in the Mood for Ska (Trojan Records, 1993)
  • Ska Voovee (Shanachie, 1993)
  • Hi-Bop Ska (Shanachie, 1994)
  • In the Mood for Ska (Trojan, 1995)
  • Greetings from Skamania (Shanachie, 1996)
  • The Skatalite! (Jet Set Records, 1997)
  • Foundation Ska (Heartbeat, 1997)
  • Ball of Fire (album) (Island, 1998)
  • Nucleus of Ska (Music Club, 2001)
  • Herb Dub, Collie Dub (Motion, 2001)
  • Bashaka (2001)
  • Ska Splash (Moonska, 2002)
  • Lucky Seven (2002)
  • From Paris With Love (World Village, 2002)(recorded Berlin 1986)
  • Celebration (Studio One, 2002)
  • Ska-ta-shot (2002)
  • In Orbit vol.1 - Live from Argentina (2005)

Studio One is one of Reggaes most renowned record labels, having been described as the Motown of Jamaica. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Studio One is one of Reggaes most renowned record labels, having been described as the Motown of Jamaica. ... 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday. ... 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Island Records was founded in Jamaica in 1959 by Chris Blackwell and Graeme Goodall but moved to the UK in May 1962. ... ROIR, or Reach Out International Records, is a New York City-based record label founded in the early 1980s by Neil Cooper. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Culture Press is an independent record label from UK specialized in Jamaican music. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Trojan Records Trojan Records is a label specialising in ska,rocksteady,reggae and dub music. ... 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Jet Set Records is a French record label specialized in Jamaican music reissues. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the television programme, see Heartbeat (TV series) For the book by Sharon Creech, see Heartbeat (book) For the single by King Crimson, see Heartbeat (single) For the album by King Crimson, see Heartbeat: The Abbreviated King Crimson For the record label, see Heartbeat Records See also heart rate This... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... 2001: A Space Odyssey. ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... Studio One is one of Reggaes most renowned record labels, having been described as the Motown of Jamaica. ...

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The Skatalites - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (460 words)
He was not only the Skatalites' busiest composer, but was the most prolific in all of Ska, with at least 200 tunes to his name by 1965.
In June 1983, the Skatalites reformed for a reunion performance at the Sunsplash festival in Montego Bay in July.
Between 1985 and 1988, the core members of the Skatalites emigrated, and eventually coalesced in the northeast of the United States.
The Skatalites - Music Downloads - Online (1838 words)
Bio: More than a band, the Skatalites were and are an institution, an aggregation of top-notch musicians who didn't merely define the sound of Jamaica, they were the sound of Jamaica across the '50s and '60s.
The Skatalites continued on for six more months after this tragedy, but the spark was dying with it, and finally in July 1965, the members called it quits.
But no matter how great the contributions of individual members, the Skatalites were always greater than the sum of their parts, and thus the band carried on.
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