Alton Ellis

Real Name:
Alton Nehemiah Ellis
Profile:
King of Rocksteady
Born: 1st September 1938 Kingston, Jamaica
Died: 10th October 2008 London, England
Jamaican singer, songwriter, producer and promoter.

Alton Ellis was born in down town Kingston into a musical family and raised in Trenchtown, Kingston. He was the older brother of reggae singer Hortense Ellis and at the end of his life father of 20 children including Noel Ellis.

He grew up being a good dancer and winning some dance contests at Vere Johns' Opportunity Hour. His first musical steps happened in 1959 when he started with Eddie Parkins as Alton & Eddy. He first recorded for Blue Beat, Vincent "Randy" Chin's Randy's later like nearly everyone at that time for Clement "Coxsone" Dodd's Studio One. He scored some massive hits like Muriel / Walk All Over till Perkins left to the U.S. and he had to look for a new partner. Alton stayed in Kingston and worked as a painter till he found a new genius partner in John Holt, till Holt joined Paragons.
After that Ellis formed The Flames including his brother Leslie Ellis, David "Baby G" Gordon and Winston Jarrett. The trio was first planed to be his backing band, but soon they released a few singles as Alton Ellis & The Flames. He also worked as a studio musician at Brendtford Road and his voice can be heard in a lot of backing vocals till 1967. In 1967 he joined Soul Vendors to tour the U.K.

He also released the first declared rocksteady song "Get Ready - Rocksteady" which can be found on Get Ready Rock Steady. He music happened cause in a recording session, the bassist didn't show up and Ellis forced organ maestro Jackie Mittoo to play bass instead. Mittoo couldn't keep the speed and that's why a slower rhythm emerged. He released another classic rocksteady record Sings Rock And Soul. After leaving Studio One cause due to payment reasons, he signed a contract a Dodd's big rival Arthur "Duke" Reid's Treasure Isle. Reid's good connections to the U.K. allowed that Alton got well distributed through Trojan Records and GAS.

"The Godfather of Rocksteady" traveled regularly to England, and even moved there in 1973 after spending some years in Toronto, Canada. When moving to the U.K., he stopped all his Jamaican band projects. In London, he started his own business with a record store called Alltone, later also converged to a same titled label. He recorded with British producers and toured till the end of his life.

In 2007 Alton was inducted into the Hall Of Fame at the International Reggae and World Music Awards (IRAWMA). He died in London 10 October 2008 at Hammersmith Hospital, of cancer. In his five decades of reggae music, he was always an important influence. Nearly every Jamaican reggae artist refers to him as "King" or "Father". He nearly worked with all important personalities of reggae history. He definitely leaves a huge gap.
Sites:
In Groups:
Variations:

Artist

Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions

Albums

CSL 8008 Sings Rock And Soul — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis Sings Rock And Soul (Album) Coxsone Records CSL 8008 Jamaica 1967 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
BDLPS 214 Sunday Coming — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis Sunday Coming (Album) Coxsone Records BDLPS 214 UK 1971 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
013 Mr Soul Of Jamaica — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis Mr Soul Of Jamaica (Album, Comp) Treasure Isle 013 Jamaica 1974 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
HRLP 708 Still In Love — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis Still In Love (Album) Horse HRLP 708 UK 1977 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
TDWD 6 Love To Share — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis Love To Share (Album) Third World TDWD 6 UK 1979 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
CHALP 009 Mr Skabeana — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis & The Heptones Alton Ellis & The Heptones - Mr Skabeana (Album) Cha Cha CHALP 009 UK 1980 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
T-T LP-001-80 Many Moods Of Alton Ellis — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis Many Moods Of Alton Ellis (Album, Comp) Tele - Tech T-T LP-001-80 US 1980 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
SCLP 009 Daydreaming — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis Daydreaming (Album) Silver Camel SCLP 009 UK 1983 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
BMZLP10 A New Day — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis A New Day(LP, Album) Body Music (2) BMZLP10 UK 1983 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
MSC 305394, ALT 001 25th Silver Jubilee — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis 25th Silver Jubilee (Album) Sky Note MSC 305394, ALT 001 Jamaica 1984 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
SOLP-3351 Showcase — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis Showcase(LP, Album) Studio One SOLP-3351 US 1984 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
SKY CAS 53 Jubilee Vol. 2 — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis Jubilee Vol. 2 (Album) Sky Note SKY CAS 53 UK 1985 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
AT005LP Continuation — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis Continuation (Album) All Tone AT005LP UK 1985 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
ANGLP 005 Here I Am — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis Here I Am(LP, Album) Angella Records ANGLP 005 UK 1988 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
none Sets A Better Example — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis Sets A Better Example (Album) Half-Way Tree none US 1989 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
ATLP013 Family Vibes — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis Family Vibes (Album) All Tone ATLP013 UK 1992 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
AT LP005, ATLP 014 Man From Studio One — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis Man From Studio One (Album) All Tone, All Tone AT LP005, ATLP 014 UK 1994 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
JGMLP00307-7 More Alton Ellis — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis More Alton Ellis (Album) Joe Gibbs 21st Century JGMLP00307-7 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
PRP019 Workin' On A Groovy Thing — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis Live With Aspo Alton Ellis Live With Aspo - Workin' On A Groovy Thing (Album) Belleville International PRP019 France 2003 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
none Soul Of A Man — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis OD* Featuring Ernest Ranglin O D* Alton Ellis OD* Featuring Ernest Ranglin O D* - Soul Of A Man(CD, Album) All Tone none UK 2003 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
SECDP179 Dance Crasher - Live In London — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis Dance Crasher - Live In London Secret Records (8) SECDP179 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
CLS 8019 The Best Of Alton Ellis — Alton Ellis Alton Ellis The Best Of Alton Ellis(LP, RP) Coxsone Records CLS 8019 Jamaica Unknown Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions

Singles & EPs

45/BB 83 Money Can't Buy Life / True Love — Alton Ellis Eric Morris*, Busters Group* / A. Ellis*, Busters Group* Eric Morris*, Busters Group* / A. Ellis*, Busters Group* - Money Can't Buy Life / True Love(7", Single) Blue Beat 45/BB 83 UK 1962 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
none I'll Come Softly / I'm In Love — Alton Ellis Hortense* & Alton* Hortense* & Alton* - I'll Come Softly / I'm In Love (Single) R&B (2) none Jamaica 1963 Sell This Version
Image Title Label Catalog Number Year In Your Collection, Wantlist, or Inventory Actions
WI-241 You Are The One To Blame — Alton Ellis Baba Brooks / Alton Ellis Baba Brooks / Alton Ellis - You Are The One To Blame Treasure Isle WI-241 UK 1965 Sell This Version