Jamaican Music

Duke Reid – 1 Minute Jamaican Music Biography


Arthur ‘Duke’ Reid was a pioneer in terms of the technical side of music in Jamaica. His Trojan multi-set Sound System alongside that of Tom the Great Sebastian’s and Sir Coxone Dodd’s Downbeat pioneered the early days of Jamaica’s fledgling industry. His success through the 50s gave birth to his most excellent ‘Treasure Isle’ recording studio and record label. ‘The King of Sounds and Blues’, Duke was born back in 1915 and as a policeman became a champion marksman. He was known for carrying guns and for seeing to it that competing sound systems be put ‘on the shelf’ if they posed too big a threat. The lasting memory of Duke Reid though is the great music recorded atop his liquor store in the Treasure Isle Studio.
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