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Vin Gordon

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Vin Gordon aka Trommie, Don D. Junior or Don Drummond Jr, born Aug. 4, 1949, is a Jamaican trombone player. Gordon grew up in Jones Town, Kingston as one of eight children. He went to Kingston’s catholic Alpha School where he learned to play trombone and string bass. One of his tutors was Lennie Hibbert. During this time he made some important contacts to other pupils from that school like Roland Alphonso. After graduating from Alpha in the mid 1960s he played in the Salvation Army band in Montego Bay and was then brought by Alphonso to Studio One, where he backed The Wailers on their “monumental rude-boy tune “Jailhouse”” (Katz). At Studio One Gordon met Lee “Scratch” Perry and played with many famous reggae artist during the rock steady and reggae years. He has played on records by Bibi Seaton, THE HEPTONES, The Skatalites, Bob Andy, Aswad and Keith Hudson. One solo album was produced by Lee Perry in 1973/1974 (Musical Bones), which was originally released on DIP in the UK on blank labels in 300 copies only. Another, Way Over Yonder, was produced by Joe Gibbs.

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