These men were some of the pioneers of ska and reggae music in the late 1950s and 

early 1960s; the originators. As an avid 60s reggae fanatic growing up it was a dream 

to meet these men, let alone photograph them as they came through town. 

Shot in Los Angeles around 2005-2006, half of these men have since passed away.

Regardless of their massive contributions to the creation of ska and reggae music, 

they mostly still maintain a status of relative obscurity outside the world of cult notoriety.  

Pat Kelly (b.1949) 

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Dennis Alcapone (b.1947)

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Alton Ellis (1938 – 2008)

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Rico Rodriguez (1934-2015)

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Lloyd Brevett (1931-2012) - The Skatalites

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Desmond Dekker (1941-2006)

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Derrick Morgan (b.1940)

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Leonard Dillon (1942-2011) - The Ethiopians

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Owen Gray (b.1939)

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U-Roy (b.1942)

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