Music > Artists > Reggae

The Gladiators

February 1st, 2015

Formed:
1967

Genre:
Reggae

Years Active:
'60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s






The Gladiators

Biography

For over three decades, Albert Griffiths and his Gladiators have been a major force within Jamaican music. Born in 1946, in St. Elizabeth parish, he grew up in poverty in Trench Town, and trained as a mason. However, music beckoned, and linking with David Webber, brother of the popular Webber Sisters, the pair auditioned around the studios, but to no avail. Thus it was back to masonry, where Griffiths was now working alongside the Ethiopians' Leonard Dillon under a foreman, Leebert Robinson, also looking to enter the music industry. Griffiths convinced Robinson to fund a recording session; with the Supersonics providing accompaniment, the Ethiopians cut “Train to Skaville,” backed by Griffiths' “You Are the Girl,” credited to Al & the Ethiopians. “Train” was a smash, while “Girl” confirmed Griffiths' own potential.

Top Albums


1. Once Upon a ..

2. Back to Root..

3. Alive & ..

4. Live In Pari..

5. Once Upon a ..

6. Sold Out (Li..

7. Now We Are F..

8. Strong to Su..

9. Continuation

10. Now We Are F..

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price
1.

Rich Man Poor Man Back to Roots 3:44 $0.99
2.

Red Hot Once Upon a Time in Jamaica 4:10 $0.99
3.

Lonely Heart Once Upon a Time in Jamaica 4:47 $0.99
4.

Chatty Chatty Mouth (Live) Reggae Anthology 2015 3:46 $0.99
5.

Talawah Take a Ride 2:53 $0.99
6.

Istanbul Not Constantinople Fuzz, Psych & Surf – Ga.. 1:53 $0.99
7.

Sweet Soul Music Trojan Mod Reggae Collectio.. 1:57 $0.99
8.

Jah O Jah / Economics Crisis Original Songs, Vol. 2 5:36 $0.99
9.

My Thoughts Original Songs, Vol. 1 3:50 $0.99
10.

Freedom Train This Is Reggae – The Pama C.. 2:33 $0.99
11.

Chatty Chatty Mouth (Live) Reggae Collectors 3:44 $0.99
12.

Rude Boy Ska (Live) Reggae Collectors 8:22 $0.99
13.

Bongo Red Power of the Trinity: Great.. 3:15 $0.99
14.

Now We Are Free (From "Gladiator.. New Yoga 2013 4:20 $0.99
15.

Istanbul Not Constantinople Catch a Wave (And You'r.. 1:53 $0.99
16.

Now We Are Free Olympic Anthems 4:20 $0.99
17.

Now We Are Free (from "Gladiator.. Olympic Classics London 201.. 4:20 $0.99
18.

Now We Are Free (From "Gladiator.. Knights Templar 4:20 $0.99
19.

Now We Are Free (From “Gladiator



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