Busters ProphetBlue Beat & SKA

The Prophet

It originated in Jamaica: late fifties early sixties – and gave birth to reggae, it soon came to Britain and if it were to have an alternative name – you might as well call it PRINCE BUSTER!

In the early 1960s in the UK early Blue Beat and Ska was beginning to be noticed.

Tom Hark

Elias and his zig zag jive flutes had a hit in 1958 with
Tom Hark

Mockingbird Hill.full

UK top twenty The Magil Five Mockingbird Hill

Along came Millie and hit the number one jackpot with MY BOY LOLLIPOP

 

My Boy Lollipop

And Blue Beat records and the SKA genre was off.

Georgie Fame did some versions and we got to hear the Prince and the fantastic SKATALITES.

Skatalittes

A great big UK Club hit in the Sixties

The Guns of Navarone and Perhaps were huge hits at London and Manchester’s ‘dive’ clubs.
These were the real deal!
Prince Busters Ten Commandments Al Capone – the list is literally ENDLESS… as the great man kept on churning out record after record.
Ten Commandments inspired an answer back track from Little Norma.
The Manchester Twisted Wheel played loads of SKA and Blue Beat and so did the Blue Note Club.

Dr.-BirdAn Emergency Case for Dr Ring Ding

Dr. Ring-a-Ding

Rolando Alphonso & The Soul Brothers

Lots of Ska record labels popped up in the sixties and a huge amount from just one guy: Prince Buster.

Apart from the main Blue Beat and Island labels most of the others were released from small companies in London, some direct from Jamaica.

Atlantic Records USA released some SKA. But just as it got going the genre went underground and did not fully emerge until Bob Marley made his mark; and then it became Reggai!

BLUE BEAT

Collectors 45 Vynil

Blue Beat Records was the label owned by Emile E. Shalit’s Melodisc Records company; formed in London1947, it began releasing Blue Beat and obtained many from Prince Buster and Coxone Dodd.

The label is now a LEGEND.

Chris Blackwell brought ISLAND records to London. He sold them out of the back of his Mini, travelling all around London’s record shops, then Millie was number one in the UK Pop Chart (on the Philips – Fontana Label) and he could then get the main Island label going more commercially. Many many Island 45’s were Ska.

A recommended link here to SOULBOT SKA gives more background and links to many of the Ska artists of the Sixties.

 

The BLUE BEAT Catalog

Early releases are featured on this CD – Lets hope they come along with the rest as the next years cover the really great stuff!

DISC ONE: SHOCKIN’! THE ‘A’ SIDES

1. Boogie Rock – Laurel Aitken & The Boogie Cats
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-1A
Produced by Deonarine ‘Dada’ Tewari / Down Beat Records
(P) 1959

2. Dumplin’s – Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
(Doc Bagby, Irving Nathan) Florida Music Co. Ltd. / Songs For Today Ltd.
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-2A
Produced by Byron Lee / Dragon’s Breath Records
(P) 1960

3. Manny Oh – Higgs & Wilson with Ken Richards & His Comets
(Joe Higgs, Ron Wilson) Copyright Control
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-3A
Produced by Edward Seaga / WIRL Records
(P) 1960

4. Lollipop Girl – The Jiving Juniors with Duke Reid & His Group
(Derrick Clifton Harriott) Copyright Control
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-4A
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
(P) 1960

5. My Hearts Desire – The Jiving Juniors with Duke Reid & His Group
(Derrick Clifton Harriott) Musicare Ltd.
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-5A
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
(P) 1960

6. Worried Over You – Keith & Enid with Trenton Spence & His Group
(Simeon Smith) Acorn Publishing
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-6A
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
(P) 1960

7. Fat Man – Derrick Morgan
(Derrick Seymour Morgan) Westbury Music Ltd.
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-7A
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
(P) 1960

8. Cutest Little Woman – Owen Gray with Kenneth Richards & His Band
(Owen Gray) Westbury Music Ltd.
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-8A
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
(P) 1960

9. Album Of Memory – The Magic Notes with Kenneth Richards & His Band
(Simeon Smith) Copyright Control
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-9A
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
(P) 1960

10. Jeannie Is Back – Laurel Aitken
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-10A
A Regal Records Production
(P) 1960

11. Send Me – Keith & Enid with Trenton Spence & His Group
(Simeon Smith) Copyright Control
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-11A
(P) 1960

12. Don’t Cry – Derrick Morgan & The Ebonies
(Derrick Seymour Morgan) Copyright Control
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-12A
(P) 1960

13. Judgment Day – Laurel Aitken with Ken Richards & His Harmonisers
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-14A
(P) 1960

14. Easy Snapping – Clue J’s Blues Blasters with vocal by Theophilus Beckford
(Theophilus Beckford) Oemeron Music Ltd.
Produced by Clement Seymour Dodd / Worldisc Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-15A
(P) 1960

15. Time To Pray (Allelujah) – The Mellow Larks with Clue J & His Blues Blasters
(Basil Glendon Gabbidon, Lloyd Altamont Thomas Robinson) Westbury Music Ltd.
Produced by Clement Seymour Dodd / Worldisc Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-16A
(P) 1960

16. Muriel – Alton & Eddy with Clue J & His Blues Blasters
(Clement Seymour Dodd) New Town Sound Ltd. / Jamrec Music
Produced by Clement Seymour Dodd / Worldisc Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-17A
(P) 1960

17. Lover Boy – Derrick Morgan with Duke Reid & His Group
(Derrick Seymour Morgan) Copyright Control
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-18A
(P) 1960

18. Till The End Of Time – Chuck & Dobby with Duke Reid & His Group
(Ralph Highland Dobson) Upstairs Music
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-19A
(P) 1960

19. Baby What You Done Me Wrong – Bobby Kingdom & The Blue Beats
(Laurel Aitken, Bobby Muir) Copyright Control
A Melodisc Production
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-20A / DA-3115
(P) 1960

20. Shockin’ – Lynn Hope
(Henry Glover, Myron C. Bradshaw) Lark Music Ltd.
A King (USA) Recording
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-21A
(P) 1960

21. Railroad Track – Laurel Aitken & The Blue Beats
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
A Melodisc Production
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-22A / DA-3083
(P) 1960

22. Cool School – Chuck & Dobby with Duke Reid & His Group
(Ralph Highland Dobson, Chuck Josephs) Copyright Control
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-23A
(P) 1960

23. I Wanna Love – Jiving Juniors with Duke Reid & His Group
(Derrick Harriott) Musicare Ltd.
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-24A
(P) 1960

24. More Whisky – Laurel Aitken with Duke Reid & His Group
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Sunbeam Music
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-25A
(P) 1960

Bonus Tracks (The Subsidiaries):

25. Little Vilma – The Blues Busters with Luther ‘Wee Willie’ Williams & His Orchestra
(Lloyd Osbourne Campbell, Phillip James) Creole Music Ltd.
A Limbo Records Production
Original UK release: Limbo, 45/XL-101A
(P) 1960

26. Jamaica Blues – Azie Lawrence
(Azie Lawrence) Copyright Control
A Melodisc Recording
Original UK release: Melodisc, 45/1563, DA-3066
(P) 1960

27. Mary Lee – Laurel Aitken & The Blue Beats
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
A Melodisc Production
Original UK release: Melodisc, 45/1570A, DA-3085
(P) 1960

28. The Wasp – The Bubbles
(The Bubbles) Copyright Control
A Wasp Recording
Original UK release: Duke, DK-1001A
(P) 1960

29. Pink Lane Shuffle – Duke Reid & His Group
(Arthur Stanley Reid) Jack Russell Music Ltd.
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Duke, DK-1002A
(P) 1960

DISC TWO: OH, MY! THE ‘B’ SIDES

1. Heavenly Angel – Laurel Aitken & The Boogie Cats
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
Produced by Deonarine ‘Dada’ Tewari / Down Beat Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-1B
(P) 1959

2. Kissin’ Gal – Byron Lee & The Dragonaires with vocal by Buddy Davidson
(Lester Williams, Byron Lee) Creole Music Ltd.
Produced by Byron Lee / Dragon’s Breath Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-2B
(P) 1960

3. When You Tell Me Baby – Higgs & Wilson with Ken Richards & His Comets
(Joe Higgs, Ron Wilson) Copyright Control
Produced by Edward Seaga / WIRL Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-3B
(P) 1960

4. Dearest Darling – The Jiving Juniors with Duke Reid & His Group
(Derrick Harriott) Copyright Control
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-4B
(P) 1960

5. I Love You – The Jiving Juniors with Duke Reid & His Group
(Derrick Harriott) Copyright Control
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-5B
(P) 1960

6. Everything Will Be Alright – Keith & Enid with Trenton Spence & His Group
(Altamont Stewart, Enid Campbell)
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-6B
(P) 1960

7. I’m Gonna Leave You – Derrick Morgan
(Derrick Morgan) Copyright Control
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-7B
(P) 1960

8. Running Around – Owen Gray with Kenneth Richards & His Band
(Owen Gray) Westbury Music Ltd.
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-8B
(P) 1960

9. Why Did You Leave Me – The Magic Notes with Kenneth Richards & His Band
(Simeon Smith) Copyright Control
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-9B
(P) 1960

10. If It’s Money You Need – Laurel Aitken
(Laurel Antonio Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-10B
A Regal Records Production
(P) 1960

11. People Will Say We’re In Love – Trenton Spence & His Group
(Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers) Imagem Music
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-11B
(P) 1960

12. I Pray For You – Derrick Morgan & The Ebonies
(Derrick Morgan) Copyright Control
Produced by Simeon Smith / Smith’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-12B
(P) 1960

13. Yea Yea Baby – Laurel Aitken with Ken Richards & His Harmonisers
(Laurel Aitken) Cherry Red Songs
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-14B
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
(P) 1960

14. Goin’ Home – Clue J’s Blues Blasters with vocal by Theophilus Beckford
(Theophilus Beckford) Copyright Control
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-15B
Produced by Clement Seymour Dodd / Worldisc Records
(P) 1960

15. Love You Baby – The Mellow Larks with Clue J & His Blues Blasters
(Basil Gabbidon) Copyright Control
Produced by Clement Seymour Dodd / Worldisc Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-16B
(P) 1960

16. Silky? – Clue J & His Blues Blasters, featuring Ernest Ranglin, Rico Rodriquez & Roland Alphonso
(Cluett Johnson) Copyright Control
Produced by Clement Seymour Dodd / Worldisc Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-17B
(P) 1960

17. Oh My! – Derrick Morgan with Duke Reid & His Group
(Derrick Seymour Morgan) Westbury Music
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-18B
(P) 1960

18. What Makes Honey – Duke Reid’s Group
(Arthur Stanley Reid) Priestman Music Publishing
Produced by Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid / Duke Reid’s Records
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-19B
(P) 1960

19. Go Pretty Baby Go – Bobby Kingdom & The Blue Beats
(Laurel Aitken, Bobby Muir) Copyright Control
A Melodisc Production
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-20B / DA-3116
(P) 1960

20. Blue And Sentimental – Lynn Hope
(William ‘Count’ Basie, Mack David, Jerry Livingston) Warner Chappell Music International Ltd. / Warner Chappell Music Ltd.
A King (USA) Recording
Original UK release: Blue Beat, BB-21B
(P) 1960

21. Tell Me Darling – Laurel Aitken & The

The PRINCE did more for Ska and Blue Beat than almost anyone else, here he is on YouTube:

PRINCE BUSTER @ YouTube

AL CAPONE

Prince Buster

Mods could not sit down when this played!

SKA

JImmy Cliff

King Of Kings

 

BLUE BEAT RESOURCES

Wiki

BLUE BEAT info

Blue Beat entries @ Wikipedia

UK Blue Beat releases

45’s

Georgie Fame – Blue Beat @ Guardian news article

G. Fame did a Ble Beat EP

Blue Beat Vynil @ EBAY

The only place to get Blue Beat 45’s

UK Blue Beat

List of ALL the UK Blue Beat releases

 

One Step Beyond

Prince Buster

A huge favourite in Manchester’s cellar clubs in the 60’s: The Nile in Moss Side, The Blue Note and at The Twisted Wheel and The Jiggy!

 

OO7 Shanty Town

Rude Boy – Desmond Dekker

 

Ska Blue Beat Island Records & Books

Jaimaican music

Jamaican Music & Soul: Made in Jamaica/The Journey of the Lion

 

This Is Reggae Music: The Story of Jamaica’s Music

by Lloyd Bradley

 

Jamaican R&B / Dawn of Ska

 

Prince Buster – Fabulous Greatest Hits [Diamond Range]

 

Ska’s The Limit 1959-1964, Vol.1

 

Wikipedia: Blue Beat Records

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