Born OTD in 1932, Jamaican record producer who was influential in the development of ska and reggae in the 1950s, 60s & beyond. Clement Seymour “Sir Coxsone” Dodd. In 1959 he founded a record company called World Disc. In 1962 he produced the Jazz record “I cover the waterfront” on the Port-O-Jam label, two of the musicians who played on the album, Roland Alphonso & Don Drummond became founding members of the Skatalites one year later. In 1963 he opened Studio One on Brentford Road, Kingston. It was the first black-owned recording studio in Jamaica. He held regular Sunday evening auditions in search of new talent, and it was here that Dodd auditioned Bob Marley, singing as a part of The Wailers.

a hidden landscape once a week

“The rivalries between the sound systems, especially Prince Buster and Coxsone Dodd, was to produce many records, quite apart from Derrick Morgan and Prince Buster. Delroy Wilson, who was 13 at the time, weighed in records written by Coxsone and Lee Perry to attack Buster. There were tracks like the Duke Reid-produced ‘downbeat burial’, an attack on Coxsone  such as poison on bond street, Duke Reid’s home.” Penny Reel. A Hidden Landscape Once A Week available in store and online.

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