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The Skatalites began performing in Jamaica in May 1964. The group was so
hot that their first rehearsal became a show. So many people had lined up
outside the venue, they decided to just charge admission and let everybody
in! They were the top musicians on the island at the time, having come
together after playing in different bands and on various recording sessions.
These records were made to be played at the many competing sound systems
around the island. The band became legendary, backing all the developing
artists of the day, such as Toots and The Maytals, Prince Buster and “The
Wailing Wailers” featuring Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Bunny Wailer.
These groups were all recording on the new beat called ska, which had an
infectious rhythm that was catching on like wildfire. Eventually, the beat
slowed down into rocksteady, and then reggae. This wildfire spread
unstoppably around the world, developing into a huge musical tree with
many stylistic branches, including lovers rock, dub, dancehall/ ragga, ska-
punk,, and others. Hugely popular groups, like The Police, The Clash, The
Specials, The English Beat, Sublime and No Doubt, all have their roots
firmly planted in the music of The Skatalites.