1960s Reggae Music, a Brief Look Into Its History

The foundation of Jamaica's music was laid in the 1960s. These were also the early days of ska and Rocksteady.

Some of the names which readily comes to mind from that era are, , The Flames, The Sensations, The Techniques, Phillis Dilon & Hopeton, The Paragons, The Jamaicans, The Sensations, Dobby Dobson, The Silverstones, King Stitt, Duke Reid, Den Roy Morgan, Desmond Dekker, Prince Buster,Ernest Wilson, Ethiopians, Heptones, Delroy Wilson, Claudette Miller, Blues Buters, Bob Andy, Clarendonians, Abassinians, Horace Andy, John Holt, Marcia Griffiths, Ken Boothe, Jimmy Cliff, Silverstones, Denroy Morgan, Tennors, The Upsetters, Three Tops and Winston Francis among many others.

1960s Reggae Music

This is the same era which saw the birth of the now infamous Studio One Label. Studio One was one of the top Record Label, Recording Studio and distribution company in those time.

The term also denotes the modern popular music of Jamaica and its diaspora.

A 1968 single by Toots and the Maytals "Do the Reggay" was the first popular song to use the word "reggae," effectively naming the genre and introducing it to a global audience.

While sometimes used in a broad sense to refer to most types of popular Jamaican dance music, the term reggae more properly denotes a particular music style that was strongly influenced by traditional mento as well as American jazz and rhythm and blues, especially the New Orleans R&B practiced by Fats Domino and Allen Toussaint, and evolved out of the earlier genres ska and rocksteady.

Reggae usually relates news, social gossip, and political comment. Reggae spread into a commercialized jazz field, being known first as ‘Rudie Blues’, then ‘Ska’, later ‘Blue Beat’, and ‘Rock Steady’.

It is instantly recognizable from the counterpoint between the bass and drum downbeat, and the offbeat rhythm section. The immediate origins of reggae were in ska and rock steady; from the latter, reggae took over the use of the bass as a percussion instrument.

Reggae has spread to many countries across the world, often incorporating local instruments and fusing with other genres. Reggae en Español spread from the mainland South America countries of Venezuela and Guyana to the rest of South America.

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The Techniques songs released in the 1960s Not rated yet
THE TECHNIQUES - I AM IN LOVE THE TECHNIQUES - I CAN'T LOVE ANOTHER THE TECHNIQUES - I'M IN THE MOOD THE TECHNIQUES - LINGER A WHILE THE TECHNIQUES …

Studio One Releases from the 1960s Not rated yet
ALTON & THE FLAMES- CRY TOUGH ALTON ELLIS - AIN'T THAT LOVING YOU ALTON ELLIS - ALL MY TEARS COME ROLLING ALTON ELLIS - BREAKING UP ALTON ELLIS - CAN'T …

Ska Bonanza Released in 1960s Not rated yet
ALTON ELLIS & EDDIE - MY HEAVENS BUNNY & SKITTER - WHEN THE WELL RUNS DRY CECIL LLOYD - OCEAN 11 CHUCK JOSEPHS - DU DU WAP CORNELL CAMPBELL - DON'T …

Ska Authentic Released in 1960s Not rated yet
DELROY & PAULETTE - DANCE THE SKA LEE PERRY - MOTHER IN LAW LORD BRYNNER - TEACH THE SKA MAYTALS - HEAVENS DECLARE SCRAP IRON - SKATALITES SKATALITES …

Ska Music released in the 1960s Not rated yet
CLARENDONIANS - YOU CAN'T BE HAPPY DAVE & ANSEL COLLINS - DOUBLE BARREL DELROY WILSON - DANCING MOOD DERRICK & PATSY - HOUSEWIVES CHOICE DERRICK MORGAN …

Rock Steady Music, Songs Released in The 1960s Not rated yet
ABASSINIANS - DECLARARATION OF RIGHTS ALTON & THE FLAMES - CRY TOUGH ALTON ELLIS - AIN'T THAT LOVING YOU ALTON ELLIS - BREAKING UP ALTON ELLIS - CAN …

Reggae Music Single Released in the 1960s Not rated yet
ALTON ELLIS - I'M JUST A GUY ALTON ELLIS & THE FLAMES - IF I COULD RULE THE WORLD BARRINGTON SPENCE - CONTEMPLATING MIND BLUES BUSTERS - AMEN BOB ANDY …

Lord Tanamo Music From The 1960s Not rated yet
LORD TANAMO - COME DOWN LORD TANAMO - DASH OF THE SUNSHINE LORD TANAMO - DOWNTOWN GIRL LORD TANAMO - GOT TO HAVE YOU BABY LORD TANAMO - I AM HOLDING …

King Stitch Music from the 1960s Not rated yet
KING STITCH - DIANA KING STITCH - DOCTOR RING DING KING STITCH - ELEATOR ROCK KING STITCH - END & BEYOND KING STITCH - FOUR CORNERS KING STITCH - …

Island Records Releases from 1960s Not rated yet
BABA BROOKS - BANK TO BANK LAUREL AITKEN - BOOGIE IN MY BONES LORD CREATOR - INDEPENDENCE JAMAICA LORD KITCHENER - THE ROAD OWEN GRAY - PLEASE LET …

Duke Reid Releases from 1962-1968 Not rated yet
DERRICK & PATSY - HOUSEWIFE'S CHOICE ERIC MORRIS - SAMSON ERIC MORRIS & BABA BROOKS - PENNY REEL ERIC MORRIS & DUKE REID GROUPS - WHAT A MAN DOETH …

Duke Reid Treasure Isle Released 1960s Not rated yet
CHNTHIA RICHARDS - AILY I DOROTHY REID - ALL YOUR LOVE DOROTHY REID - WORK IT GIRL SATCHMO - I'M COMING GIRL SATCHMO - TAKE YOU FOR A RIDE LAUREL …

Don Drummond Reggae Songs Released in 1960s Not rated yet
DON DRUMMOND - AFRICAN BEAT DON DRUMMOND - ALIPHANG DON DRUMMOND - BURNING TORCH DON DRUMMOND - CONFUCIOUS DON DRUMMOND - COOL SMOKE DON DRUMMOND …

Desmond Dekker Songs Released 1960s Not rated yet
Desmond Dekker (16 July 1941 – 25 May 20061) was a Jamaican ska, rocksteady and reggae singer-songwriter and musician. Together with his backing …

Reggae Singer Denroy Morgan Music Catalog Not rated yet
Denroy Morgan is a Jamaican reggae artist. He was born 1946 in May Pen in Clarendon, but left Jamaica in 1965 at the age of 19 and traveled to the United …

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