GOLD DIGGER * WAILING SOULS * CAMEL 42 * GB
Lloyd 'The Matador' Daley, was born Kingston, Jamaica in 1939, in the early 1950's he opened up a business Lloyd's Radio & Television Service, selling and repairing TV's and radios, in Waltham Park, Kingston. In Jamaica men with a knowledge of electronic sound reproduction are always in demand, especially if the have an ear for music and a creative energy, so it was with Lloyd Daley, and by the late 1950's he was running his own (Lloyd The Matador) sound system. He was always a bit apart from the main players back then, as is apparent from his choice of brand name, while the adoption of a British title like Lord, Duke, Count, Prince, or Sir, seemed de rigueur, Daley chose 'The Matador'. His individualism didn't stop there, as he also chose not to follow the trend of covering American Soul tunes, but preferred to develop an indigenous sound and his works with Little Roy, Bongo Nyah, were among the first explicitly Rasta-themed reggae. His contribution to Jamaica's rich musical heritage is truly original the music he was developing in the late 1960's was to become the foundation of the Rasta/Roots records of the 1970's. Daley released records on his Matador and later Mystic labels, he faded from the scene in the mid 1970's and returned to electrical engineering. Winston Matthews, Lloyd McDonald Oswald Downes and Norman Davis, The Wailing Souls a. k. a. The Classics, recorded a few titles for Lloyd Daily before finding more profile at Studio 1.
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