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Biography

Drawn from the same nucleus of musicians, who would simply change their name according to which sound system man (or producer, as they were becoming known) they were working for that day, Trojan? Fine, we're Duke Reid's group. Clement "Coxsone" Dodd? Yeah, now we're The Blues Blasters. And so on.
On dozens of those early records from Jamaican R&B's 1958 - 62 heyday, the band included permutations of sax men Roland Alphonso, Val Bennett and Stanley 'Ribs' Notice, trumpeter's Ray Harper and Oswald Baba Brooks, trombonists Rico Rodriguez and Don Drummond, double-bassists Cluett Johnson and Lloyd Brevett, pianists Theophilus Beckford and Owen Gray, guitarists Ernest Ranglin and Dennis Sindrey (remarkably, an Australian), and drummers Arkland 'Drumbago' Parks and Lloyd Knibbs.
Duke Reid was a pioneering Jamaican producer and founder of the 'Trojan' sound system and label Trojan (inspiring the creation of Trojan Records in the UK where Duke Records and the Duke label were initially created to release his output), Duke Reid successfully recorded above his liquor shop at Treasure Isle Recording Studio and established Jamaican independent labels Dutchess, Duke Reid's, Treasure Isle and later Duke Reid Greatest Hits,
Legendary Jamaican producer, recording pioneer and music entrepeneur, Clement "Coxsone" Dodd established the famous Studio One Studio and record label at 13 Brentford Road, Kingston, in 1963 after making his name in the island's competitive sound system scenario where he would play imported records and exclusively recorded dub plates, originally on 78s, to win over the audiences. In recognition of the importance of Mr. Dodd and his studio the street was renamed by the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (the city government) to Studio One Boulevard on May 1st, 2004 from Brentford Road, four days before his sudden death. Dodd was behind many other labels, such as DownBeat, ND Records, C & N, Sabastians, Sensational, Coxsone Records, Cariboo, Wincox Records, Muzik City Records, D Darling, Supreme Records, Rolando & Powie, Worldisc, Money Disc, and Coxson.

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