Date: Tuesday May 04, 2004
Berry Gordy Sevangili Nicolo Machiavelli Hit Maker
His workshop…..Studio One
Many may never have met the man but all who have heard of, played, sampled, toyed with, listened to or referenced reggae music have came under the spell of Clement “Sir Coxsone” Dodd.
Studio one (Studio First in the dancehall jargon), Down Beat, his studio and label(s) has been dub the Motown of Jamaica and not one ounce of superlative has been wasted in saying that it has indeed been The Sun, Decca, Blue Note, The Motown all rolled into Studio One.
Yes his time on Earth has expired but like Bob said No Woman (No Man) nuh cry Sir Coxsone the Maroon is still in the Dance Hall.
Born Clement Seymour Dodd, he was among the earliest owners of sound systems, Sir Coxsone Downbeat, which developed the taste and the market for the ska and spawned subtler forms, such as rocksteady and reggae. Dodd started recording in 1955. He acquired the property at 13 Brentford Road in 1960 and started with a resident band comprising some of the finest Jamaican recording musicians of all times.
His most recent public acknowledgement came when Brentford Road (April 16) was renamed ‘Studio One Boulevard’ in honour of his Studio One and his contribution to Jamaica.