TIMELINE EXPLORE OUR HISTORY

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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1961

image Derrick Morgan would receive his biggest hit ever with his 1961 song ‘Housewife’s Choice’. The Leslie Kong production was originally called "You Don't Know", and was later retitled "Housewives’ Choice" by a local DJ. The son

1961

image Vintage Flashback: Byron Lee appeared on the cover of the Jamaican weekly magazine SWING in 1961

1961

image Alton Ellis' first song "Muriel" was recorded on a one track machine at Federal Studio (approximately 1961)

1961

image Clancy Eccles had a Jamaican hit in 1961 with the early ska song "Freedom". It was one of the first Jamaican songs with socially-oriented lyrics. The song became the first Jamaican hit to be used for political purposes.

1962

image Bob Marley recorded his first song in Kingston entitled 'Judge Not' recorded by legendary reggae producer Leslie Kong (Beverley's Record) in 1962

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