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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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Laurel Aitken: The Fantastic Laurel Aitken (CD)
Art-Nr.: CDPDROP6
 

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(2009/Pressure Drop) 27 tracks, recorded 1969 to 1972

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Laurel Aitken: Boogie In My Bones - All Major Hits 1957-60
Art-Nr.: CD680821
 

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(2010/PRESSURE DROP) 28 tracks - original Mento and R&B from Jamaica's first singing superstar, often named the Godfather of Ska. With 16 page booklet.

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Laurel Aitken: The Long Hot Summer - 1963 recordings
Art-Nr.: CDGRO025
 

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(1998/GROVER) 15 tracks, all recordings he did in 1963! Old style Ska music and Jamaican Rhythm & Blues with many influences of the black music, which was recorded in the U.S. at that time!

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Laurel Aitken: Jamboree - with Court Jester's Crew (2000)
Art-Nr.: CDGRO048
 

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

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Laurel Aitken: The Rise And Fall - 1960-79
Art-Nr.: CDGRO055
 

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(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!

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Laurel Aitken: Rudi Got Married - The 80s Collection
Art-Nr.: CDGRO064
 

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(2002/GROVER) 18 tracks, recorded 1980-89, including his top hit Rudi Got Married! The recordings are in fantastic quality and you'll get biographical and discographical information in a nice little booklet too!

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Laurel Aitken: Rise & Fall 1960-79
Art-Nr.: GROVER055
 

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(2001/GROVER) 20 tracks, hard-to-find 50s R&B influenced Ska music!

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Laurel Aitken: The Story So Far ... (2002)
Art-Nr.: CDGRO008
 

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(2002/GROVER) 13 songs, ...the story so far! New versions of his old material, recorded 2002 with the creme de la creme of today's Ska musicians! A nice tribute of Aitken to Aitken and his tremendous five decades output!

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Laurel Aitken: Perfidia - Mi Vida Sin Tu Amor (7inch, 45rpm, Ltd.)
Art-Nr.: 45LQ109
 

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(Liquidator) 2-Track Single - 45rpm - Limited Record Store Edition

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Laurel Aitken: Godfather Of Ska - 1963-66
Art-Nr.: CDGRO039
 

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(2000/GROVER) 21 tracks, recorded 1963-66, a mixture of classic Ska, Jamaican Rhythm And Blues and Blue Beat, which was very popular in the U.K. in the 1960s!

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