Alton Ellis

Alton Ellis

Jamaica's most soulful singer, celebrated 30 years in the business several years ago and yet he is still making important records. In many ways he epitomizes the story of reggae vocalists: a start in the business at a very early age, massive popularity for a limited period, and a gradual decline in prominence while continuing to make excellent records. In addition to his songwriting abilities and voice, Ellis' particular gift was his ability to take R&B or soul songs and place them in a specifically Jamaican context, and so make them 'reggae songs'... more