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The Skatalites

February 1st, 2015

Formed:
1963

Genre:
Reggae

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






The Skatalites

Biography

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. Although the group existed in its original incarnation for less than 18 months, members brought their signature styles to hundreds upon hundreds of the island's releases. The Skatalites officially lined up as guitarist Jerome “Jah Jerry” Hinds, bassist Lloyd Brevett, teenaged pianist Donat Roy “Jackie” Mittoo, drummer Lloyd Knibbs, trumpeter Johnnie “Dizzie” Moore, Cuban-born tenor saxophonist Tommy McCook, alto saxophonists Lester Sterling and Cuban born Roland Alphonso, and trombonist Don Drummond. Moore, McCook, Sterling, and Drummond were all alumni of the Alpha Cottage School for Boys, an educational institution for troubled and troublesome boys in Kingston, run by the Catholic diocese. Besides the regular lashings of studies, the school was renowned for its music program, and over the years turned hundreds of wayward boys into performers of note. All four ended up playing the hotel circuit, churning out R&B and jazz covers for the tourists.

Top Albums


1. Roots Party

2. Ball of Fire

3. The Legendar..

4. Essential Sk..

5. Essential Sk..

6. Stretching O..

7. Roots Party

8. The Skatalit..

9. Skatalites &..

10. Legend

11. The Skatalit..

12. Duke Reid Pr..

13. Greetings Fr..

14. On the Right..

15. Rolling Stea..

16. The Skatalit..

17. The Skatalit..

18. Ska Kings of..

19. Walk With Me

20. The Skatalit..

Top Songs

Name Album Time Price
1.

I Should Have Known Better Roots Party 7:03 $0.99
2.

Ghost Town Pop Meets Bossa Nova 2:16 $0.99
3.

Ska-Boo-da-Ba Specials & Ska Friends 2:45 $0.99
4.

Green Island (feat. Don Drummond) Surrender (feat. Don Drummo.. 4:02 $0.99
5.

Feeling Fine (feat. Don Drummond) Surrender (feat. Don Drummo.. 2:56 $0.99
6.

Stampede (feat. Don Drummond) Surrender (feat. Don Drummo.. 2:57 $0.99
7.

Burning Touch (feat. Don Drummond) Surrender (feat. Don Drummo.. 2:58 $0.99
8.

Mesopotamia (feat. Don Drummond) Surrender (feat. Don Drummo.. 2:56 $0.99
9.

Corner Stone (feat. Don Drummond) Surrender (feat. Don Drummo.. 2:31 $0.99
10.

Thorough Fare (feat. Don Drummond) Surrender (feat. Don Drummo.. 2:59 $0.99
11.

Ska Parisienne Summer Ska, Vol. 3 2:45 $0.99
12.

Rough and Tough Ska Kings of the First Wave.. 3:01 $0.99
13.

Yard Broom Ska Kings of the First Wave.. 3:14 $0.99
14.

Eastern Standard Time Ska Kings of the First Wave.. 2:43 $0.99
15.

Street Corner Ska Kings of the First Wave.. 3:03 $0.99
16.

Loving Princess Diana (African Rap F.. Authentic Sound of Tommy Mc.. 5:08 $0.99
17.

Blood Clad Dub Authentic Sound of Tommy Mc.. 5:10 $0.99
18.

Golden Love Authentic Sound of Tommy Mc.. 3:15 $0.99
19.

Skalypso Dub Authentic Sound of Tommy Mc.. 5:40 $0.99
20.

Yelling King Bravo Authentic Sound of Tommy Mc.. 6:19 $0.99
21.

Blood Clad Eyes Authentic Sound of Tommy Mc.. 5:12 $0.99
22.

Secret Love Authentic Sound of Tommy Mc.. 3:29 $0.99
23.

Don Drummond – The Man with the Big .. Authentic Sound of Tommy Mc.. 3:41 $0.99
24.

They Laughed Authentic Sound of Tommy Mc.. 5:41 $0.99
25.

Timothy Ska Parisienne 2:53 $0.99

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