This timeline shows an interactive journey through Jamaica's rich and ever-shifting musical history; encompassing it's birth, growth and myriad of characters that has made it a genre admired by the world.
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In 1951 Stanley Motta opened the first Jamaican recording studio on Hanover Street in downtown Kingston where he began to cut mento sides by local artists. The studio released records on his Motta's Recording Studio label.
"My Boy Lollipop" was originally released by Barbie Gaye in late 1956. Millie Small released a cover of the song in March 1964 which was a massive hit, reaching number two both in the UK Singles Chart and in the U.S. Billboard Hot
Laurel Aitken's first recording was 'Roll Jordan Roll' voiced in 1957 for Caribbean Distributing. It sounded similar to ska but it had a more spiritual feeling. In fact, it was recorded long before Coxsone and Duke Reid started reco