Lloyd Charmers RIP
One more death to report before 2012 comes to a close - this time of ska and reggae artist and producer Lloyd Charmers, aka Lloyd Terrell, aged 74.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, he started out with the Charmers and had several singles released on the Blue Beat and R & B labels in the early 60s, some of them highly collectable, including Lonely Boy and Nobody Takes My Baby Away From Me. He joined the Uniques for a while, with Slim Smith, and then started recording under the name of Lloyd Charmers with releases on Coxsone and Duke from 1967 onwards. As Lloyd Terrell he recorded a series of X rated singles for Pama including Bang Bang Lulu, Birth Control and Big Eight and as Lloydie and the Lowbites he released Pussy Cat on Harry J and the album Censored.
He set up his own record label and with his own session band The Now Generation he produced records for artists such as Ken Boothe (Everything I Own) and the Gaylads. He relocated to the UK and continued to produce Lovers Rock and disco material, including the Chosen Few, Bobby Blue and Buster Brown. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ptk8neUtCjg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zr7qocYP4MA