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The Skatalites

Page history last edited by PBworks 15 years, 8 months ago

The Skatalites were formed in May (or June) 1964, the name was chosen by the bands leader, Tommy McCook, they quickly became the most popular Ska band of the day, both on the live circuit and with producers seeking session musicians.


They recorded for all the main producers on the Island, most notably for Coxsone Dodd, Duke Reid and Justin Yap of Top Deck.


In 1965 Don Drummond, the groups talented trombone player, was incarcerated in Bellevue Asylum following the murder of his girlfriend Anita 'Marguerita' Mahfood. He died there in 1969.


The group broke up in 1965 with the members going on to form Tommy McCook And The Supersonics (at Treasure Isle) Roland Alphonso's Soul Brothers (at Studio One). Thier last show was a police dance at Runaway Bay Hotel.


The Skatalites reformed in 1983 and have continued to tour and record the occasional album since that time though the number of original members involved has contiued to decrease over time.


The original line up of the Skatalites was:

Tommy McCook - Tenor Saxaphone

Rolando Alphonso - Tenor Saxaphone

Lloyd Brevett - Bass

Lloyd Knibb - Drums

Lester Sterling - Alto Saxaphone

Don Drummond - Trombone

Jah Jerry - Guitar

Jackie Mittoo - Piano

Johnny Moore - Trumpet

Percival "Rupert" Dillon - Trumpet

Jackie Opel - Vocals

Doreen Shaffer - Vocals


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