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Byron Lee

Jamaican bandleader and producer. He formed Byron Lee and The Dragonaires in 1957, a 14 piece band that would often support visiting artists from overseas. Their debut single ?Dumplins? was the first release on the fledgling Blue Beat label in the UK.The band went on to tour extensively in North America, Canada and the West Indies and although many in Jamaica found his style of ska a little too clean-cut he did much to popularise the music abroad. In 1968 Lee bought the old WIRL studio and re-opened it as Dynamic Sounds, the most up to date recording studio in the Caribbean at that time. As well as the numerous Jamaican stars who recorded there international artists such as the Rolling Stones and Eric Clapton also started using the studio. In 1989 Lee was the main person responsible for establishing Jamaica Carnival, a feat of which he is understandably very proud. He continues to record and perform to this day, some 50 years since his band first appeared.

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