CRMA Clement Dodd Award


Tonight we pay tribute to Clement Dodd, proprietor of the famed Studio One label, pioneering record producer, and a leading sound system operator from the early ska days on.

In 1963 he opened the Jamaican Recording and Publishing Company, popularly known as Studio One. It developed into one of the few centres of the newly developing Jamaican music. He is one of the few producers to work on his artists' development.

When Joe Higgs took The Wailers over to Clement Dodd's studio for an audition one day in 1963, Bob Marley's fate and future were sealed. Marley would find his next mentor in Coxsone, someone who would teach him not just music but the music business. Joe Higgs had taught The Wailers to sing for pleasure. Clement Dodd would teach them to sing for a living.

Nearly every major artist has passed through his hands, including The Wailers, Burning Spear, Toots and The Maytals, Rita Marley and The Soulettes, Dennis Brown, The Wailing Souls, Joseph Hill of Culture, Marcia Griffiths, Johnny Osbourne, The Skatalites, The Gladiators, The Heptones, Dillinger and dozens of others.

Ladies and Gentlemen, on his behalf I would like to accept this Award of Merit for Clement Dodd.

Nicky Dread,
The Crooked Beat Sheet.


Posted: Fri - December 12, 2003 at 01:35 PM