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The Silvertones


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There are multiple artists with that name:
1. a Jamaican reggae group,
2. a Texas Blues band
3. a blues band from Cologne, Germany

1. The Silvertones (who also recorded as The Musketeers and The Muskyteers) were a Jamaican reggae harmony group formed in 1964, best known for their recordings for Lee “Scratch” Perry in the early 1970s.

The group initially comprised the duo of Carl Grant (aka Gilmore Grant, born 11 July 1943, Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica) and Keith Coley (born 7 March 1944, Saint Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica), although they expanded to a trio with the addition of Delroy Denton. In 1966 they recorded the singles “True Confession” and “It’s Real”, both produced by Duke Reid, and released on the Dr. Bird label, giving them instant success in Jamaica. The following they recorded “Cool Down”, also for Reid, and in 1968 they released a cover version of Wilson Pickett’s “In the Midnight Hour”, as well as further singles for Reid’s Treasure Isle label including “Old Man River” and “Slow & Easy”. They also recorded for Sonia Pottinger (“Guns Fever”) and by 1971 they had moved on to record for Clancy Eccles, releases including “Tear Drops Will Fall”. They then recorded for Studio One. Denton emigrated to the United States, to be replaced by Clinton “Tennessee” Brown.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s the band worked with Lee Perry, initially as The Muskyteers, contributing a version of Brook Benton’s “Kiddy-O” to Perry’s album The Upsetter.


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