Label: Kentone Records - LP 106 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo Gatefold • Country: Jamaica • Genre: Reggae •
The band played a crucial pioneering role in bringing Caribbean music to the world. Byron Lee died on 4 Novemberafter suffering from cancer for a sustained period. The band was originally formed around by Byron Lee and his friend Carl Brady, taking its name from the St.
George's College football team for which they played. Bythe Dragonaires had become a fixture on Jamaica's hotel circuit, playing under their own name and also providing backing to visiting American stars including Harry BelafonteChuck BerryThe DriftersSam Cookeand Fats Domino.
The single was released on the Dragonaire's own Dragon's Breath label in Jamaica, and was the second release on the Blue Beat label in the United Kingdomand was unusual for a Jamaican single as it featured an electric organ and a Fender bass which Lee had purchased during a visit to the United States - the first such instruments ever seen on the island.
The band performed several songs in the film, although the Null Moon - Akira Yamaoka - Silent Hill 2 (Original Soundtracks) were actually made by guitarist Ernest Ranglin.
The band received another major boost when they were selected by Seaga, then the island's head of Social Welfare and Economic Development, in to travel to the New York World's Fair and perform as a backing band for a showcase of Jamaican talent, Peel Head - Byron Lee And The Dragonaires - The Many Moods Of Lee Jimmy CliffPrince Busterand Millie Small. Also the band contributed the instrumental part of Mighty Sparrow 's recording of Only A Fool in Further, Atlantic Records tried to push the album Jamaican Ska by using house producer and sound engineer Tom Dowdwho produced all of Aretha Franklin 's greatest singles, to produce the album.
Unfortunately, despite Atlantic's best efforts, Jamaican Ska failed to take off in the United States, although the record "Jamaica Ska" became a Top 30 single in Canada. The WIRL name had remained with its division in Barbados and had remained the ever-popular brand of Bajan music untilwhen it changed its name to E. Best Music Ltd, and eventually to its current name, Caribbean Records - still the major record company and distributor of Barbados.
They would release both reggae and carnival-oriented albums throughout the s, and in took in another genre with the Disco Reggae album, released on Mercury Records in the US. The band played at the Reggae Sunsplash festival in both andand were one of the main backing bands in They would also appear in and The band continue to tour, recently performing with Kevin Lyttle at the Cricket World Cup opening ceremony. Byron Lee died on 4 Novemberaged 73, from cancer. The band has continued since Lee's death, with the name initially slightly altered to Byron Lee's Dragonaires.
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