Phenix City

Phoenix City (Dr Bird 1964 -Island 1966)

Doctor Ring A Ding (Doctor Bird 1964)

The Cat (Pyramid 1965)

James Bond (island 1965)

These records were played at the Twisted Wheel and at The Blue Note clubs in Manchester. It was Roger Eagle who kicked off the SKA, Blue Beat craze in the city: mostly credited with being the instigator of sounds that later became known as ‘Northern Soul, it is also a fact that he started the Ska, Bluebeat and Reggae crazes in Manchester.

He would easily get the Jamaican 45’s from all the record shops in Moss Side, as we did too.

Roland Alphons’s best 45’s: “Phoenix City” was absolutely HUGE:  “Dr Ring A Ding” was always popular and to a lesser extent “The Cat” and “James Bond”.

He was a Jamaican tenor saxophonist, a founding member of The Skatalites.

 

Wikipedia: Roland Alphonso

Dr Ring  A Ding – Doctor Bird Records – with Jackie Mittoo
James Bond
From Russia With Love
PHOENIX CITY – 1967
Jack Ruby

Roland Alphonso

Born  12th January 1931 – Havana, Cuba

Died  20th November 1998 – Los Angeles

Cause of Death  Seizure on stage

Roland Alphonso (Roland A) was a member of the Skatalites and saxophone player originally from Havana Cuba. He moved to Kingston Jamaica when he was two and when he grew up he recorded for the Studio One label (owned by Coxsone Dodd).

Lots of his records made it to Manchester. The grocer’s shops in Moss Side were the place to hear them fresh from Kingston Town.

Twisted Wheel DJ Roger Eagle was often in them listening to boxes full of Jamaican music. He was responsible for introducing Roland Alphonso into Manchester’s Soul Clubs. Listen to Dr Ring-A-Ding – it is wonderful. It gives a real taste of the joyful, humorous side of Ska.

Born  12th January 1931 – Havana, Cuba

Died  20th November 1998 – Los Angeles

Cause of Death  Seizure on stage

YouTube

Roland Alphonso and The Soul Brothers – Dr Ring Ding, YouTube

Weblinks

Roland Alphonso – answers.com

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Obituary – Roland Alphonso

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