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)
Dennis Alcapone (b.1947)
Alton Ellis (1938 – 2008)
Rico Rodriguez (1934-2015)
Lloyd Brevett (1931-2012) - The Skatalites
Desmond Dekker (1941-2006)
Derrick Morgan (b.1940)
Leonard Dillon (1942-2011) - The Ethiopians
Owen Gray (b.1939)