That song was also the first record on Chris Blackwell’s newly founded Island Records label in the United Kingdom. (Island 001). In 1963, Don't Stay Out Late, produced by Vincent Chin, became a huge hit in Jamaica. In 1964, he had a hit with Big Bamboo, produced by Coxsone Dodd with Tommy McCook on saxophone. After Little Princess in 1964, he recorded a calypso album, Jamaica Time, on Studio One.
It included calypso classics like Jamaica Farewell and Yellowbird, as well as a cover of Bob Dylan's Blowing in the Wind. His next album, Big Bamboo, was recorded at Dynamic Studios sometime after 1969, when the studio was established by Byron Lee. Carlton Lee, who is otherwise unknown, is listed as the producer. Creator’s biggest hit was Kingston Town, recorded in 1970 for producer Clancy Eccles which is a reggae version of his 1964 ska tune King & Queen (Babylon). After that, Lord Creator virtually disappeared from the music scene.
In 1977, he recorded Life, a rerecording of his 1969 song, Such is Life, at The Black Ark for Lee "Scratch" Perry. In 1989, the British group UB40 recorded Kingston Town. There is a story that after this, Eccles saw Creator, who had become homeless and destitute, on a Kingston street. When Eccles called out to him, Creator fled thinking Eccles had come to collect $30 he owed him. Eccles chased him down and told him UB40 had recorded Kingston Town and that Creator had earned substantial royalties.
With the money he earned in royalties, Creator revitalized his life and career. He appeared in oldies shows in Jamaica, and even toured Japan. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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