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Jamaica (1932 – 1969)

Don Drummond (March 12, 1932 - May 6, 1969) was a huge part in the creative genius that is The Skatalites. Drummond was an amazing trombone player as well as composer and arranger. His musical career began in the mid-1950s with the Eric Deans All-Stars. He continued into the 1960s with others, including Kenny Williams.

Drummond was an alumnus of the famous Alpha Boys’ School where he developed his musical skills. With the birth of ska, he joined The Skatalites. He became a household name in Jamaica, before suffering mental problems. He was rated by pianist George Shearing to be amongst the world’s top five trombone players.

In 1965 he was convicted of the murder on January 1, 1965 of Anita “Margarita” Mahfood, an exotic dancer and singer with whom he’d recorded the hit “Woman A Come” for Clement Dodd’s Studio One label. He was interned at Belle Vue Asylum, Kingston where he remained until his death. The official cause of death was “suicide”, but other theories remain; some of his colleagues believed it was a government plot against the Kingston musical scene, and some believed that he was killed by gangsters as revenge for the murder of Mahfood.


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  • drunlfish

    люблю его)

    29 May 2011 Reply
  • guentherA1

    Oi! That's the way I like my Ska!

    21 Jan 2010 Reply
  • strawberryffuck

    fucking cool amazing music!

    11 Jan 2010 Reply
  • ieeeeei

    Don Drummond IS the man with the big trombone.

    17 Dec 2009 Reply
  • dubupset

    Drummond a di gorgon

    10 Dec 2009 Reply
  • nit_


    11 Jun 2009 Reply
  • ardea_rising

    Don Drummond was the man with the big trombone

    30 May 2009 Reply
  • misterzeb

    Stop using "gay" as a derrogatory word... jajaja And don Drummond is just awesome!!! Skank on!

    27 Feb 2009 Reply
  • tom281076

    Dat is ma handgemachte Mucke,vom Feinsten.Skanking on!!

    14 Feb 2009 Reply

    fantastic cut!

    11 Feb 2009 Reply
  • ullrotta

    I swear, gays are not the only happy people! Hell, I'm gay most days myself too.

    29 Jan 2009 Reply
  • RachyRach

    I swear "fag" is the last acceptable derogatory word. Why does everyone insist on saying "this is gay" or "you guys are a bunch of faggots". As long as people keep associating gay as a negative, then people like Perhaps_Toast will keep acting like they do.

    11 Nov 2008 Reply
  • sifomo

    I resent your use of the word "faggots".

    12 Oct 2008 Reply
  • razz555

    to the fuck all the way at the bottom, then please enlighten me. If this isn't ska, what are some real ska bands?

    25 Aug 2008 Reply
  • aakira009

    Don Drummond was not only a great ska musician but a world renown trombonist who was featured in Downbeat magazine and sought after by Jazz greats such as Sarah Vaughn. Lol ...Sublime? C'mon does anyone give a fuck about them anymore? Whereas Don Drummond's legacy will live on as long as people know what real music is.

    22 Jul 2008 Reply
  • MrLark

    is it true Jamacans say a short 'ska', where as British say a long 'skaaar'? anyone?

    17 Jul 2008 Reply
  • msml

    SKATALITESの実質リーダーだったのはDon。 通説では、彼が内縁の妻を殺害し、精神病院で亡くなったときにSKATALITESは事実上、解散したと言われる。 彼のトロンボーンには、力強さと切なさが同居し、崇高なカリブソウルを表現する。

    29 Oct 2007 Reply
  • Johnnyjueves

    Ha, yeah! Next you'll be saying that Sublime isn't Ska.

    20 Dec 2006 Reply
  • Babs_05

    yup, this is definitely ska. (NOT reggae!)

    8 Nov 2006 Reply
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