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Laurel Aitken Jamboree - with Court Jester's Crew (2000)

Jamboree - with Court Jester's Crew (2000)
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(2000/GROVER) 12 tracks recorded in the year 2000 together with the German Ska outfit Court... more

Laurel Aitken: Jamboree - with Court Jester's Crew (2000)

(2000/GROVER) 12 tracks recorded in the year 2000 together with the German Ska outfit Court Jester's Crew!

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  • Interpret: Laurel Aitken

  • Album titlle: Jamboree - with Court Jester's Crew (2000)

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 2000
  • Label GROVER

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4026763110486

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Aitken, Laurel - Jamboree - with Court Jester's Crew (2000) CD 1
01 Jamboree Laurel Aitken
02 Dance Wid' Me, Baby Laurel Aitken
03 Get Ready Rock Steady Laurel Aitken
04 Brown Eyed Girl Laurel Aitken
05 Rudeboy Is Back In Town Laurel Aitken
06 We People Laurel Aitken
07 Woman Is Sweeter Than Man Laurel Aitken
08 Pretty Baby Laurel Aitken
09 Fulfillment Laurel Aitken
10 Cockroach Laurel Aitken
11 Rudeboy Dream Laurel Aitken
12 I'm Still In Love With You, Girl Laurel Aitken
Laurel Aitken Laurel Aitken was born on April 22, 1927 in Cuba under the name Lorenzo Aitken.... more
"Laurel Aitken"

Laurel Aitken

Laurel Aitken was born on April 22, 1927 in Cuba under the name Lorenzo Aitken. The British label boss Gaz Mayall gave him the title 'Godfather of Ska' in the mid-1980s - and rightly so, as he is commonly considered one of the founders of ska music in Jamaica. The Aitken family moved there, to West Kingston in 1938.

There he came into contact with the then popular rhythm'n' blues from New Orleans via US F.M. radio stations. Favourites included Smiley Lewis, Louis Jordan and Amos Milburn. The combination of the cool sounds from New Orleans with Caribbean Calypso formed the basis for his particularly unique style, which later should conquer the world as Ska music. Initially, however, Aitken worked for the Jamaican Tourist Board and appeared as an entertainer in nightclubs. After first recordings, Chris Blackwell who was born in London in 1937, later founder of Island Records, produced Boogie in My Bones b/w Little Sheila, the first pop record from Jamaica that was also released in England.

In 1960 Aitken moved to Brixton in London and recorded fifteen singles for the 'Blue Beat' label before returning to Jamaica in 1963. With the Skatallites as his backing band, he made further recordings there, before returning to Great Britain, where he was able to further consolidate his position as a leading Ska musician. Besides the Caribbean inhabitants of London he was especially popular amongst mods, skinheads and other Ska fans.
From the late 1950s until the 1970s Aitken was able to achieve a multitude of hits internationally. In 1970 he settled down with his wife in Leicester, England, and performed less frequently. In 1980 Ska experienced a renaissance, and finally he entered the British single charts for the first time with Rudi Got Married.

On 17 July 2005, Laurel Aitken died of a heart attack in his adopted hometown of Leicester. He is remembered as the artist who made Mento/Calypso, R&B, Ska, Rock Steady and Reggae his own thing.

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