the Skatalites - 32 Authentic Ska Hits

  1. the skatalites - big trombone
  2. the skatalites - blow roland blow
  3. the skatalites - Can't You See
  4. the skatalites - carry go bring come
  5. the skatalites - Exodus
  6. the skatalites - shame & scandal
  7. the skatalites - simmer down (featuring bob marley)
  8. the skatalites - ska ska ska
  9. the skatalites - Split Personality
  10. the skatalites - The Vow
  11. the skatalites - Welcome Back Home
  12. the skatalites - Woman A Come
  13. the skatalites - World's Fair
  14. the skatalites - you're wondering now
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Biography of The Skatalites ..

In Jamaica in the mid-50's, a fledgling recording industry saw the birth of what became known as Ska. Created by fusing Boogie-Woogie Blues, R+B, Jazz, Mento, Calypso and African rythyms, Ska became the first truly Jamaican music and by the 60's all the vocalist were swarming to the studios to record their songs to this infectious new beat. Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Toots and the Maytals, Jimmy Cliff, Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe are just a few of the names who came to record this new music, which coincided with the whole island's excitement about Jamaica's independence in 1962. The core musicians playing on most of these sessions saw the opportunity to play this music live to the public.Tommy McCook, Rolando Alphonso, Johnny Moore, Lester Sterling, Don Drummond, Lloyd Knibb, Lloyd Brevett, Jerry Haynes, and Jackie Mittoo began working together in 1963 and formed The Ska-talites in May 1964.

Spring 1964
The Skatalites record their first LP at Studio One in Kingston, Ska Authentic, and tour the island as the creators of Ska. Their recordings for various producers rule the airwaves, stations JBC and RJR, that is. Foremost among their producers were; Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd, Arthur 'Duke' Reid, Cecil 'Prince Buster' Campbell, Vincent 'King' Edwards, Justin 'Phillip' Yap, Leslie Kong, Lindon Pottinger,Sonya Pottinger and Vincent 'Randy' Chin. The Skatalites led sessions with all the top artists and helped to break young talents such as Delroy Wilson, Desmond Dekker, The Wailers, Lee Perry, etc.

Fall 1964
Don Drummond's composition, "Man In The Street", enters the Top 10 in the UK. Trombonist Drummond is not only the Skatalites busiest composer, but the most prolific in all of Ska, with at least 200 tunes to his name by 1965.

January 1st 1965
Don Drummond is jailed for the murder of his girlfriend, Anita 'Marguerita' Mahfood. He is later convicted and remanded to the Bellevue Asylum.

August, 1965
The Skatalites play their last show. The break-up results in the formation of two supergroups, Rolando Alphonso and the Soul Vendors and Tommy McCook and the Supersonics.

Early 1967
Don Drummond's Ska-adaption of the theme to the film "The Guns Of Navarone" enters the UK Top 10.

May 6, 1969
Don Drummond dies at age 37 in the Bellevue Asylum.

June 1983
The Skatalites reform for a reunion performance at the Sunsplash festival in Montego Bay in July. Their show was a smashing success and the band played more concerts in Jamaica while weighing offers to tour abroad.

April 1984
The Skatalites record their reunion album, The Return of The Big Guns,released on Mango Records in the U.K.

July 7th 1984
The Skatalites play to thousands at Selhurst Park during the London Sunsplash. The Skatalites play 7 tunes and also back Prince Buster on three before closing with a reprise of their theme song, "Freedom Sounds".

The core members of the Skatalites emigrate and eventually coalesce in the northeast of the United States. They play their first US concert at The Village Gate and begin to play spotted dates in Northeast US.

April 1989
The Skatalites are support act for Bunny Wailer's Liberation Tour featuring 7 original members: Tommy McCook,Roland Alphonso,Lester Sterling,Johnny Moore, Jackie Mittoo,Lloyd Brevett,Lloyd Knibb with special guests Dion Knibb on vocals, Devon James on guitar,and Ken Stewart on keyboards.

January 1990
The Skatalites do their first headline tour of the US with the same lineup minus Jackie Mittoo and Lester Sterling.

December 16, 1990
Jackie Mittoo dies in Toronto Canada from cancer.

The Skatalites continue touring the US and in 1992 do their first tour of Europe. They continue working towards the release of a new album.

Skavoovee is released in the US on Shanachie Records and in Japan as McCooke's Book(sic). The Skavoovee tour featuring the Skatalites, Special Beat, Selector, and The Toasters tours the US

January 1996
The Skatalites are nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Reggae Album for their 1995 Shanachie release, Hi Bop Ska.

January 1997
The Skatalites are nominated for a Grammy Award in the category of Best Reggae Album for their 1996 Shanachie release, Greetings From Skamania.

The Skatalites release "Ball of Fire" on Island Records with special guest Ernest Ranglin on guitar

May 5, 1998
Tommy McCook passes away near his home in Lithonia Georgia.

November 17, 1998
Rolando Alphonso passes away at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles CA.

March 27, 1999
Cedric 'Im Brooks joins The Skatalites, shouldering the legacy of Tommy McCook and Rolando Alphonso.

May 2000
The Skatalites record a new album at The Hit Factory in Miami with 15 original tracks with special guest Ken Boothe on a vocal track.

December 26 and 27 2001
The Skatalites record another new album in Paris at Davout Studios for Melodie Records and released as "From Paris With Love" on April 15,2002.

February 2002
The Skatalites begin their World Tour for the year touching USA, Europe, Mexico, Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Russia and Japan which lasted 9 months.

April 2003
The Skatalites return to the studio with Toots(and The Maytalls) Hibbert to record a contribution to his new True Love cd featuring many special guests including Willie Nelson,Bonnie Raitt,Eric Clapton et al. This album subsequently won the Grammy for 2004.

March 2004
The Skatalites announce the beginning of their 40th Anniversary tour including Colombia,Greece and Singapore,in addition to the usual global stops. This celebratory tour will last until May 2005. The addition of Vincent(Don Drummond Jr)Gordon and Karl(Cannonball) Bryan makes this one of the best Skatalites lineups ever.

April 2005
The Skatalites embark on a new World Tour this year with their new bass player Val Douglas. Mr Douglas is another outstanding Jamaican musician who has played on numerous sessions and his famous A-Team band was the primary backing band for Reggae Sunsplash Tours all through the 80's and 90's. The Skatalites continue to be composed of the top musicians in their genre,as they have from the beginning.

October 2005
The Skatalites release "The Skatalites in Orbit,Vol.1 recorded live in Buenos Aires,Argentina with many thanks to Javier DaRocha and Pedro Pearson for the best live Skatalites recording ever.

March 2006
The Skatalites play at La Bal De La Rose for Princess Caroline of Monaco along with Jimmy Cliff,The Wailers and Alpha Blondy. This show starts the 2006 Global Orbit Tour reaching as far as Australia,New Zealand,Chile,Argentina

April 2006
Skatalites record 11 brand new tunes and 1 cover in Byron Bay,Australia at the 301 Studios. The new release "On The Right Track" is forthcoming.

May 2007
On The Right Track is released worldwide by AIM International from Australia.

September 2007
The Skatalites contribute the track "Be My Guest" with Ben Harper on vocals for the new Fats Domino tribute cd "Going Home" featuring numerous artists. This cd is a fund raiser for all musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina.



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