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Laurel Aitken

A singer and one of the originators of Jamaican ska music.

Born in Cuba and settled in Jamaica where he became very popular
in the West Indies charting in England during the fifties.

He became a popular nightclub entertainer. His first recordings in the late 1950s were calypso tunes such as "Sweet Chariot".

Aitken moved to London, England in 1960 and recorded both in the UK and Jamaica throughout the 1960s. This cemented his position as one of ska's leading artists and earned him the nicknames The Godfather of Ska and Boss Skinhead.

Aitken settled in Leicester with his wife in 1971. Aitken's career took in mento/calypso, R&B, ska, rock steady, and reggae, and in the 1990s he even turned his talents to dancehall.

He died of a heart attack in 2005.


Albums include.

Ska With Laurel (1965)
High Priest of Reggae (1969)
Laurel Aitken Meets Floyd Lloyd and the Potato Five (1987)
Early Days of Blue Beat, Ska and Reggae (1988)
True Fact (1988)
Ringo The Gringo (1989)
It's Too Late (1989)
Rise and Fall (1989)
Sally Brown (1989)
Rasta Man Power (1992)
The Blue Beat Years (1996)
Rocksteady Party (1996)
The Story So Far (1999, Grover)
Woppi King (1997, Trybute)
The Pama Years (1999)
The Long Hot Summer (1999)
Clash of The Ska Titans (1999)
Pioneer of Jamaican Music (2000)
Godfather of Ska (2000)
Jamboree (2001)
Rudi Got Married (2004)
En Enspanol (2004)
Live at Club Ska (2004)
The Pioneer of Jamaican Music (2005)
Super Star (2005)
The Very Last Concert (2007)

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