Vital Sounds Hi-Fi Downbeat Special: The Studio One Story
Saturday December 17th 9pm $5
Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd is a legendary figure in terms of Jamaica’s music industry. From the late 50s his Downbeat Sound System was one of a select few that ran things in Jamaica and he turned its success into one of the most respected record companies ever, Studio One - having been described as "the Motown of Jamaica music".
Studio One was at the cutting edge of most of the major music movements in Jamaica during the 1960s and 1970s, including ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub and early dancehall. The label was founded by Clement "Coxsone" Dodd in 1954, and the first recordings were cut in 1963 on Brentford Road in Kingston.
Virtually every major Jamaican artist who could reach the microphone got their break at Studio One, including the Abyssinians, Heptones, Burning Spear, the Ethiopians, Alton Ellis, Dennis Brown, and the young Wailers of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Livingstone to name just a few.
I am very pleased to bring you a night of strictly Studio One music. I'll be opening up my collection of rare Studio One 45's, showcasing the biggest tunes from the greatest label in Jamaican music history from ska, rocksteady, reggae, and rub-a-dub.
Manray, Vital Sounds HiFi.
With support from
Ras Stone on the microphone.
Ras Twig (aka Miles, Radio Active 89fm)
Art (Newtown Sound. niceup.org).
Vital Sounds Hi-Fi
The Studio One story.