Byron lee and the dragonaires rock steady 67 - Lee Byron


The band recorded their debut single, "Dumplin's", in 1959 at the WIRL studios owned by future Prime Minister Edward Seaga , who would also become the band's manager. 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 Kingdom , and 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. [1] Lee and Seaga both realised that ska was the music to provide Jamaica with a musical identity that could break the domination of American R&B, and the Dragonaires became one of the major ska bands of the early 1960s, releasing singles such as "Fireflies", "Mash! Mr Lee", "Joy Ride", and a ska version of " Over the Rainbow ", both under their own name, and as The Ska Kings. [1] In 1961, the band received a huge break when they were cast as the hotel band in the first James Bond film, Dr. No . The band performed several songs in the film, although the recordings were actually made by guitarist Ernest Ranglin . [1] In 1964, the band was featured in a program called “This is Ska !” alongside Jimmy Cliff , Prince Buster , and Toots and the Maytals . [3]


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