Alton Ellis

Alton Ellis, born in Kingston on September 1, 1940,  was one of a handful of artists recording in Jamaica in the late fifties. With his partner Eddie Perkins as Alton and Eddie he made some of the first recordings in the Jamaican R & B style that preceeded ska. Their doo-wop rooted  “Muriel,” recorded in 1957 (produced by C.S. Dodd at Federal Records and recorded on a one-track tape deck backed by the Blues Busters), was a sound system hit and two years later one of the first commercially released singles in Jamaica. It and the records that followed were  massive hits in Jamaica, many... Read More

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