Tuesday, 4 January 2000
Lonesome Lover – Laurel Aitken (1960)
The success in British clubs of ‘Lonesome Lover’ led roots label Melodisc to establish a subsidiary in Brixton they named Blue Beat. The Godfather of Ska relocated to London as the importation of the new Jamaican sound was stepped up. Between 1960 and 1967 the label released hundreds of singles by the likes of Aitken, Prince Buster and Derrick Morgan, which became staples at clubs such as the Twisted Wheel, and laid the foundations for the mod and skinhead movements.