Keith Hudson

Genres: Reggae
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

1946, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies, d. 14 November 1984, New York, USA. As a youth, Hudson attended Boys Town School where his fellow pupils included Bob Marley, Delroy Wilson, Ken Boothe and the Heptones, with whom he organized school concerts. From an early age, he was a sound system fanatic, and became an ardent follower of Coxsone Dodd’s Downbeat. He also came to know members of the Skatalites, and gained entry to Studio One recording sessions by carrying Don Drummond’s trombone. He was only 14 years old when he produced his first recording, an instrumental featuring members of the Skatalites that was eventually released on a blank label in 1968, and two years later was reused for Dennis Alcapone’s ‘Shades Of Hudson’.

After leaving school, Hudson served an apprenticeship in dentistry, subsidizing his early recordings with money earned from these skills. In late 1967, he launched his Imbidimts label with Ken...

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