SONG OF THE DAY The Soul Vendors – Drum Song

cover-1When the Skatalites disbanded in August 1965, one of its founding members and tenor saxophonist, Roland Alphonso went on to form the Soul Brothers (with Johnny “Dizzy” Moore, and Jackie Mittoo also from the Skatalites); their name eventually changing to The Soul Vendors in 1967.

Later that year The Soul Vendors travelled to England with Jamaican record producer Clement Seymour “Sir Coxsone” Dodd, with the full line up consisting of:  Alton Ellis (singer-songwriter/one of the innovators of rocksteady), Ken Boothe (vocalist known for his distinctive vibrato), Roland Alphonso (tenor saxophonist/one of the founding members of the Skatalites), Jackie Mittoo (songwriter/musical director/member of The Skatalites/musical director of the Studio One record label), Johnny Moore (trumpet player/founding member of The Skatalites), Lloyd Brevett (double bassist/songwriter/founding member of The Skatalites), Tony Brevett (nephew of The Skatalites bassist, Lloyd Brevett/founding member of The Melodians), Bunny Williams(Skatalites drummer) and Errol Walters (guitarist and session musician at Studio One).

Together as The Soul Vendors they released a series of great reggae tracks including today’s fantastic rocksteady instrumental, Drum Song which was released as the B-side to The Cool Spoon’s Yakety Yak in 1967. Listen above and for more Soul Vendors sounds, check out Swing Easy my page here. 

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