Alton Ellis has died

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  1. wurlycurly

    wurlycurly diss member

    Nightmare. Sorry about the cut'n'paste hell but here's PA's obituary.

    Reggae star Alton Ellis, who pioneered the “rocksteady” sound, has died of cancer in hospital at the age of 70, it was confirmed today. The Jamaica-born singer and songwriter passed away peacefully at Hammersmith Hospital in west London last night, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. Tributes poured in for Ellis, who moved to Britain in the 1970s, with many mourning the passing of a “legend”. During a career spanning more than 50 years, Ellis had a string of hits including I’m Still In Love, Dance Crasher and I’m Just A Guy. Ellis was known as “the Godfather of rocksteady” and enjoyed a string of hits in Jamaica during the very early days of reggae. His manager and agent Trish De Rosa, of Roots-Rockers Promotions, said he was a prolific artist and a key figure in the history of Jamaican music. “He has been my guiding star and my inspiration from the moment I met him,” she said. “His life was the music and the stage. “He was getting a tremendous amount of work right up to the end - it was very difficult to get him to slow down. He wanted to do as much as he could and leave a strong legacy.” She said Jamaican authorities were considering the possibility of giving Ellis, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma last year, a state funeral. Ellis underwent chemotherapy and returned to the stage before he collapsed during his final performance in central London in August. Laurence Cane-Honeysett, Jamaican music consultant for Trojan Records, said the label had been associated with Ellis throughout his career and that he was a pleasure to deal with.
    “He was a genuinely lovely man and his songs were heartfelt,” he said. “He was a seminal figure in terms of popularising Jamaican reggae music. “His death is a terrible loss.” Jamaican reggae singer Delroy Williams, who had been friends with Ellis and worked with him since the 1960s said, described his voice as “the sweetest in the reggae world”. Williams, of Mitcham, south London, added: “He was very humble. “His music is the reason for a lot of babies - that’s how sweet and warm and loving it is. “It’s just a shame that he didn’t get the big world hit that he deserved.” Williams, who was manager of the late reggae star Desmond Dekker, said it was poignant that the last song he performed on stage was Muriel because it was the first one he recorded in the 1950s. Among those who posted tributes to Ellis on his MySpace site was reggae singer Pato Banton, who said: “I would like to send nuff love and respect to the legend Alton Ellis and his wonderful family.
    “One Love Always..PB” Ellis began his career in the late 1950s, before Jamaican music had earned a worldwide following,
    and recorded for many local producers before launching his own All-tone label. He had several hits while fronting the vocal group The Flames and many more as a solo artist. Ellis moved to Canada and then to London in the 1970s as his career went into decline. He enjoyed renewed popularity in the last 15 years thanks to a rocksteady trend in Jamaica and Europe. Ellis, who lived in Northolt, Middlesex, leaves more than 20 children.
  2. Rutita1

    Rutita1 Sassy McFlashy

    RIP Alton :(
  3. El Jefe

    El Jefe .. the Rural Juror

    ah fuck :(
  4. tarannau

    tarannau Mongolian eyed

    Blimey, really didn't see that coming - I was still slightly holding a slight grudge about his no show at the Lambeth Country Show if I'm honest.

    Apparently he collapsed at a recent 100 Club gig and never regained his health. RIP Alton.

  5. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    Alton Ellis RIP

    It's with a desperately heavy heart that I must report that Jamaican legend Alton Ellis lost his battle with cancer this morning.

    Can't quite put into words Alton's contribution to reggae
  6. El Jefe

    El Jefe .. the Rural Juror

    very very sad (there's another thread but he deserves two :) )
  7. El Jefe

    El Jefe .. the Rural Juror

  8. killer b

    killer b Nostrofuckingdamus

    ah well. :(
  9. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    So sad.

    He'd been battling the cancer for over a year. When I saw his son Dean in the summer he told me how well Alton had been doing, he almost believed he would fully recover.

    Been dreading this for months but it still feels like a massive shock.

  10. Divisive Cotton

    Divisive Cotton Now I just have my toy soldiers

  11. felixthecat

    felixthecat are we there yet?

    Ah bugger - just saw this.:(

    RIP Alton
  12. cozmikbrew

    cozmikbrew Bass case

    a great loss to all lovers of life love and music alton we salute you
  13. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

  14. Ground Elder

    Ground Elder Well-Known Member

    I've been playing Alton Ellis all week :(
  15. albionism

    albionism A successful virus clinging to a speck of mud.

    R.I.P Alton..You have been part of the soundtrack to my life since i was 11.:(
  16. jayeola

    jayeola New Member

  17. albionism

    albionism A successful virus clinging to a speck of mud.

  18. Pip

    Pip Well-Known Member

    Goodnight fella and thankyou.
  19. foo

    foo dirtysweet

  20. Clint Iguana

    Clint Iguana not an undercover cop

    Thanks for the memories Alton, see ya in that great dance hall in the sky

    Trojan Records obituary here
  21. Fedayn

    Fedayn Well-Known Member

  22. Nanker Phelge

    Nanker Phelge Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.

    I'll stick on a record, have a dance, raise a glass and have a drink.
  23. colacubes

    colacubes Well-Known Member

    Shit :( RIP Alton :(
  24. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

  25. STFC

    STFC Well-Known Member

  26. William of Walworth

    William of Walworth Festographer

    What a legend! :cool: and :(
  27. scalyboy

    scalyboy Left them to time

    RIP Mr Ellis the King of Rocksteady.
  28. john x

    john x Well-Known Member

    That is spooky.

    I was listening to him just the other day and wondered whether he was still alive or not.

    I used to do gigs with him 15 years ago when he lived in Leicester.

    Such a sweet, sweet voice he will be sadly missed.

    Condolences to his wife and 20 children!

    john x
  29. coccinelle

    coccinelle Well-Known Member

    I just flew back from JA on the return leg of a Virgin flight that brought Alton Ellis' body back to JA. The body will lie in state for a couple of days and there will be musical tributes from (among others) Derrick Morgan and then he will be buried next Monday.

    On another sad note, Saturday saw Byron Lee being brought back to JA. He has been suffering from cancer for some months and it looks like he has come home to die.
  30. tarannau

    tarannau Mongolian eyed

    That's a shame. My folks love Byron Lee, his dragonaires and all that old time stuff.

    I was shocked to see just how popular that crew was with the ex-pats in Vancouver and beyond, playing full on stadium sized venues to big smiles. Hadn't Byron recently celebrated 50 years in music or something as well?

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