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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1965

image Phyllis Dillon signed to Duke Reid's Treasure Isle label in 1965 and wrote her first single, the beautiful ballad "Don't Stay Away" which was released the following year and was an instant local success.

1966

image Horace Hinds, later to change his name to Horace Andy first ever record, "Black Man's Country" was produced by Phil Prat in 1966

1966

image The Heptones debut single, "Gunmen Coming to Town" was released on Ken Lack's Caltone Records label in 1966

1966

image Vintage Poster: 1966 'The Sparkling Stage Show' featuring Derrick Harriott, The Techniques, The Maytals & more

1966

image Roy Shirley recorded "Hold Them" in 1966, which became the first 'one-drop' recording, providing the cornerstone of the rocksteady beat.

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