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Ska Pioneer Lloyd Brevett Dies
BBC ^ | 4 May 2012

Posted on 05/17/2012 10:50:11 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Lloyd Brevett helped create an identifiably Jamaican sound

Jamaican double bassist Lloyd Brevett, whose band The Skatalites pioneered ska music and paved the way for reggae, has died at the age of 80.

The Skatalites formed in 1964 and combined jazz, R&B and mento to create ska and take a Jamaican sound around the world for the first time.

Their songs included The Guns of Navarone and they backed acts including The Wailers and Prince Buster.

Brevett suffered a stroke in March, two weeks after his son was murdered.

Thirty two-year-old Okine was shot outside the family's home in Kingston hours after he had accepted a Jamaican music industry award on his father's behalf.

Spokeswoman and friend Maxine Stowe told the AP news agency: "He took his son's death as stoically as he could, but you knew it was devastating for him. He deteriorated rapidly after that."

Former Jamaican Prime Minister and one-time Skatalites tour manager PJ Patterson said it was "Brevett who quietly provided the mesmerising backbone to the Skatalites' sound".

"To say that Brevett was a creator of both ska and dub is not to use hyperbole," he said in a statement.

Bunny Wailer, a member of the original Wailers with Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, told AP: "He was there from the beginning. All my bass lines from all my recordings have been attributed to bass lines from Lloyd Brevett."

The Skatalites were only together for 18 months in the 1960s. On New Year's Eve 1964, trombonist Don Drummond stabbed and killed his girlfriend and vocalist Marguerita.

The other band members disbanded in July 1965, with Brevett and other members forming the Soul Brothers, later becoming the Soul Vendors.

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1 posted on 05/17/2012 10:50:20 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
RAP Sucks.

Ska was cool

2 posted on 05/17/2012 11:01:04 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: nickcarraway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQg_t8NYfvo&feature=related


3 posted on 05/17/2012 11:07:06 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Still is.


4 posted on 05/17/2012 11:09:35 PM PDT by JMS
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To: nickcarraway
Ska warped into this Bedward The Flying Preacher

I never suspected Rap wold rule

5 posted on 05/17/2012 11:14:12 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: nickcarraway

RIP Lloyd

from a lover of that Ska sound.


6 posted on 05/17/2012 11:17:34 PM PDT by jazzo (Resistance is Futile)
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To: nickcarraway

RIP Lloyd

from a lover of that Ska sound.


7 posted on 05/17/2012 11:17:55 PM PDT by jazzo (Resistance is Futile)
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To: nickcarraway
 Lloyd Brevett, whose band The Skatalites

Great name for a band I give him total props

8 posted on 05/17/2012 11:20:09 PM PDT by dennisw
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To: nickcarraway

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XEiQ5hqT00U


9 posted on 05/17/2012 11:28:00 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: windcliff

Ping


10 posted on 05/18/2012 12:18:24 AM PDT by stylecouncilor (Some minds are like soup in a poor restaurant...better left unstirred.-PG Wodehouse)
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To: nickcarraway
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iDYjRA-L50w
11 posted on 05/18/2012 3:07:31 AM PDT by Yo-Yo
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To: nickcarraway

RIP.


12 posted on 05/18/2012 11:37:24 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: nickcarraway

I saw The Selector in concert many moons ago. And the English Beat (opening for Clash)


13 posted on 05/18/2012 11:41:19 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: GSWarrior

Loved the Beat. Mirror in the Bathroom is a killer. Big time lefties, though.

Great story about when Pete Townshend and David Gilmour called up Dave Wakeling because Pete was trying to figure out the tuning for “Save It For Later” because he was performing it on one of his solo shows. Imagine getting that call.


14 posted on 05/18/2012 11:44:46 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Hmmm, I don’t see those guy playing SIFL. Really strange.


15 posted on 05/18/2012 12:15:23 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Pete loved the song so much, said he wished he’d written it.


16 posted on 05/18/2012 12:17:12 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: dfwgator

Interesting. The Beat covered Smokey Robinson, Andy Williams, Prince Buster. Oh, and The Pioneers.


17 posted on 05/18/2012 12:28:16 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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