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Mr. Symarip


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Born in Kingston, Jamaica
Mother Jamaican, Father American
from Jamaica over America to Europe
Roy Ellis (aka Mr. Symarip) already brilliant as a ten-year old solo singer in the Children’s Gospel choir in the Baptist Church in Kingston, Jamaica.
In his school-days he developed a strong friendship with Jimmy Cliff, and also Bob Marley belonged to his circle of friends.

Later in the 60s in England & in Europe, he made himself with his giant voice an international name in the Ska, Reggae, Gospel, Blues, Soul scene.
Roy Ellis was also the lead singer from one of the most famous British-Ska, Reggae, Gospel, Blues, Soul, funk Band: The Pyramids/Symarip.

In the 60s he was one of the pioneers for the Ska and Reggae music in England and Europe.

1966: He was discovered by the “Godfather of Ska”, Laurel Aitken , who wrote and produced 2 songs — “Jesse James Rides Again”, and “Because I Love You”.

1968: He sang himself into the English and German hit parade with:
“Train Tour to Rainbow City”
“All Change on the Bakerloo Line”
(both titles was written by Eddie Grant)
“Mexican Moonlight”
(was written by Roy Ellis and Monty Neysmith)

1970: The documentary film “REGGAE” was filmed in the Wembley Stadium. Roy Ellis interpreted the Ska & Reggae Music and also Gospel songs in Reggae style.

1971: Roy Ellis sang his blues-characteristic compositions “See You Later”, and “To Father”, in the film “WARM DECEMBER”. The star performer was the magnificent film actor Sidney Poitier.


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