Born OTD in 1934, Gladstone ‘Gladdy’ Anderson. “Gladdy”, was a Jamaican pianist, keyboard player, and singer, who played a major part in the island’s musical history, playing a key role in defining the ska sound and the rocksteady beat, and playing on hundreds of recordings as a session musician, a solo artist, and as leader of Gladdy’s All Stars.

Jump Up

“..And I hear Gladdy Anderson who was on piano say, ‘this one rock steady, you know. This one a rock steady’. ‘And that’s when it came into being basically’.” Hopeton Lewis, Operation Jump Up. Available in store and online,

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