From Reggae to Ska and Dub, Studio One Brought Jamaica to The World

Back in the 1950s, a few Jamaican artists changed the world of music — they became a fountain of creativity and eventually flooded the world with the sounds of reggae, ska, dub, and dancehall.

Clement Dodd was behind the mixing board and started Studio One in 1954. The legendary studio and recording label, often called “The Motown of Jamaica,” put out some of the greatest music ever exported from a single place.

Chris Wilson has the very old school title of director of A&R, that’s artists and repertoire, of Studio One. He met Clement Dodd when he was 14-years-old in Jamaica, and now, Dodd is behind the effort to re-release some of Studio One’s greatest musical moments.

As Studio One re-releases the album “Money Maker,” Wilson reflects on the influence, history, and legacy of Studio One, which recorded the likes of Bob Marley and The Wailers, Lee Scratch Perry, Burning Spear, Toots and The Maytals, and more. Click on the ‘Listen’ button to hear the full conversation.



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