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Clancy Eccles

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Clancy Eccles (1940-2005) was a Jamaican reggae singer, promoter and record producer.

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.

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 developed by the growing rastafari movement, “Freedom” was one of the first Jamaican songs with socially oriented lyrics. Curiously, 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.

In the years after, Eccles had other successful songs, mixing boogie/R&B influences with emerging ska rhythm, like “River Jordan” or “Glory Hallelujah”.

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  • Sm0kee

    Great!

    1 May 2012 Reply
  • PrisRoux

    Brilliant*!

    6 Oct 2009 Reply
  • eskroto

    i love you fattie when you shake up your body !! what a great picture where he appears in a field with purple flowers in a motorbike that picture shows a lot of hapiness and that's what ska is ke wena foto la donde sale en un kampo de flores moradas en la moto

    19 May 2009 Reply
  • Ricardo_oi

    Fantastic!

    27 Dec 2008 Reply
  • violett-violett

    Great music!

    11 Aug 2008 Reply
  • jerdacuttupman

    Thanks to Bob Dylan for pointing me to Clancy's music. Great stuff.

    29 Feb 2008 Reply
  • hank_kingsley

    RIP Clancy. 'Fatty Fatty' is a wicked tune.

    20 May 2007 Reply

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