Oh man, this is some sad sad news that was just made official on Trojan Records‘ page on Facebook: Legendary Jamaican musician and producer Lloyd Charmers passed away in London yesterday from a heart attack. He was 74 years old. Friend Winston ‘Merritone’ Blake paid tribute to him earlier today in The Jamaican Observer saying “He is the last of the dynamic producers who brought diversity and quality to our music.”
Growing up on the rough streets of Trench Town in Kingston, Jamaica Lloyd began his musical career in the 1960s and moved on to producing music under the Splash insignia in the 1970s. His musical output is massive to say the least and his unique style of producing could be heard on records by artists such as Ken Boothe, The Gaylads and Byron Lee and the Dragonaires – as well as on his own reggae classics such as Dollars and Bonds and the x-rated (!!!) Birth Control, that was later on “borrowed” by UK outfit The Specials for their Too Much Too Young. Read more here and more tunes below.
UPDATE: Trojan Records just posted more information and a nice bio on their website. Check it out here.