Don Drummond

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Don Drummond (born March 12, 1932 in Kingston , Jamaica , † May 6, 1969 ibid) was a Jamaican Ska musician and a member of the original line-up of the Skatalites .

Drummond was born in Kingston and later attended the legendary Alpha Boys School there . He played the trumpet like hardly anyone before and after his time, but was latently insane. He played jazz in the 1950s and was part of Eric Dean's all-star band. Since it was founded in 1964, he was one of the Skatalites, for whom he also worked as a songwriter. The pieces played by the Skatalites and the great successes Occupation and Eastern Standard Time came from his pen. Don Drummond's steep career ended on New Year's Day 1965. He had stabbed his lover, the dancer Anita "Marguerita" Mahfood, to death. He was the court immediately in the Bellevue hospital admitted , where he remained until his death. Don Drummond died on May 6, 1969, allegedly by suicide . Again, there are some rumors of a conspiracy, including murder. Drummond's loss caused the Skatalites to split up temporarily in August 1965 and possibly the end of the glorious Ska phase in Jamaica.

Individual evidence

  1. Klive Walker: Dubwise: reasoning from the reggae underground. Insomniac Press, Toronto 2005, ISBN 1-894663-96-9 ( limited preview in Google Book Search).
  2. Bob Timm: What Don Drummond Murdered? ( English ) In: . August 22, 1997. Archived from the original on April 28, 2005. Retrieved March 12, 2010.

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