The Heptones

Genres: Reggae
Descriptive "tags": reggae rocksteady ska roots reggae dub Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: BBC Music Wikipedia Wikipedia

Biography

Leroy Sibbles (1949, Jamaica, West Indies), Barry Llewellyn (b. 25 December 1947, Jamaica, West Indies) and Earl Morgan (b. 25 November 1945, Jamaica, West Indies) were without doubt the foremost rocksteady and reggae vocal trio, and their work together, especially for Studio One, set the standards by which all other Jamaican harmony groups are measured. They started with Ken Lack’s Caltone label, but failed to record any hits, although they produced a memorable and bizarre version of the ‘William Tell Overture’ entitled ‘Gun Men Coming To Town’. Their next move, to Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One set-up in 1966, coincided with the rise of rocksteady, and the Heptones proved to be masters of the genre. Not only did Sibbles possess a pure and delicate lead voice and a masterly songwriting talent, he was also responsible for many of the music’s most popular (and versioned) bass lines, which were sufficiently versatile and melodic to be...

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