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Laurel Aitken The Rise And Fall - 1960-79

The Rise And Fall - 1960-79
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(2001/GROVER) 20 tracks, recorded 1960-79. This collection incl. the personal selections of... more

Laurel Aitken: The Rise And Fall - 1960-79

(2001/GROVER) 20 tracks, recorded 1960-79. This collection incl. the personal selections of Aitken himself! The tracks on this album are not on the other Laurel Aitken collections from Grover!

Article properties: Laurel Aitken: The Rise And Fall - 1960-79

  • Interpret: Laurel Aitken

  • Album titlle: The Rise And Fall - 1960-79

  • Genre R&B, Soul

  • Year of publication 2001
  • Label GROVER

  • Artikelart CD

  • EAN: 4026763110554

  • weight in Kg 0.1
Aitken, Laurel - The Rise And Fall - 1960-79 CD 1
01 You Got Me Rockin´ Laurel Aitken
02 Baby Baby Laurel Aitken
03 Back To New Orleans Laurel Aitken
04 Skinhead Train Laurel Aitken
05 Bug-a-Boo Laurel Aitken
06 Heile Heile Laurel Aitken
07 Boogie Rock Laurel Aitken
08 Rasta Man Power Laurel Aitken
09 Who´s Taking You Home Laurel Aitken
10 Rise & Fall Laurel Aitken
11 It´s Too Late Laurel Aitken
12 Shoo Bee Do Laurel Aitken
13 Bouncing Women Laurel Aitken
14 Daniel Saw The Stone Laurel Aitken
15 Fire In My Fire Laurel Aitken
16 Gimme Back Mi Dollar Laurel Aitken
17 Brother David Laurel Aitken
18 Sweet Jamaica Laurel Aitken
19 Whole Lotta Rock Laurel Aitken
20 Jesse James 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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