Alton Ellis is one of reggae?s most popular vocalists and has often been called ?the godfather of reggae?. He was there at the very start of modern Jamaican music and is still there now so he has been performing and recording for almost 50 years !
Hailing from Trenchtown, Kingston, he learned to play the piano at a young age. In his teens, Alton and Eddie Perkins formed Alton & Eddie, scoring a huge hit with "Muriel". More recordings followed with Studio One and their arch rivals, Duke Reid?s Treasure Isle
His first big solo hit was "Dance Crasher", a plea to the Rude Boys to change their ways. He followed this up with "Get Ready - Rock Steady", perhaps the first ever rock steady record. Now that the beat had slowed down Alton really came in to his own and in the second half of the 60s and early 70s he had a seemingly never-ending run of hits. He also covered many US soul and pop songs to great effect
He also found success with records he made for Randy?s and Lloyd Daley. He later re-located to the UK where he opened a record shop and started his own label, All Tone whilst still continuing to record and perform himself. In 2006 he was inducted into the International Reggae And World Music Awards Hall Of Fame.