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Stanley Beckford


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Stanley was born February 17, 1942 in the parish of Portland. He was orphaned as a child and wound up living in Kingston. Taking a path that other Jamaican recording artists followed, he began singing in church, and then gained prominence by winning on the Vere Johns radio talent competition. Stanley recorded reggae as Stanley & The Turbines and in The Starlites. Although clearly reggae, his music had a tinge of mento, displaying a country sound, especially due to Stanley’s mento style vocals. When the mento influence was stronger, his recordings could best be described as “mento-reggae”.

Before moving to mento, Stanley Beckford released several reggae albums and numerous singles from the early 1970s to the late 1980s, enjoying hits such as “Soldering” and winning Festival three times.


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  • Pafgadget

    RIP rich man ! Saw you twice, was really nice !

    28 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Chimino

    Long live Mister Stanley!!

    31 Jan 2010 Reply
  • Fflor

    Encontrei o cara!!!! muito bom...*)

    22 Oct 2009 Reply
  • Auguscik

    Great Music :)

    27 Sep 2009 Reply
  • nezzacore

    brilliant, never realised how much later ska, rocksteady, and reggae artists owed to this guy and others, all in the spirit of musical tradition. i.e. for the track Soldering listen to Natty Dread She Want by Big Youth.

    19 Feb 2009 Reply
  • nuttyrudeboy

    Broom Weed Fantastic, what a tune, loving Stanley!!

    4 Feb 2009 Reply
  • SuperMetalMan

    I love the song Rich Man, it's brilliant.

    24 Jan 2009 Reply
  • Lochinvar07

    Stanley Beckford is King... His music will sure immortalize him.That some,will believe that he never died and tracks like Brown Gal and Kisiloo will forver remain in their hearts.

    13 Nov 2007 Reply

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