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Laurel Aitken


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Laurel Aitken (April 22, 1927-July 17, 2005) became famous as one of the originators of n music in the late 1950s.

Aitken was born as Lorenzo Aitken in , and is the brother of singer Bobby Aitken. He moved to England in the 1960s, and had a loyal following among Skinheads and other ska fans. He had massive hits in the 1950s through 1970s, while recording for Blue Beat Records, Pama Records and Trojan Records. He recorded one of the earliest ska records, the double A-sided Boogie In My Bones / Little Sheila (1958). It was the first record on producer Chris Blackwell’s Island Records label.

Aitken, who is known as “The Godfather of Ska”, made his home in Leicester UK and performed live almost until his death. He suffered from a serious illness following a heart attack about a year before he died. He died from a heart attack in , on July 17, 2005.


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