Down Beat

Down Beat (Jamaica) / 1957

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Design: A rather scattered layout, although the label name is treated logically by being broken in two. A partial music staff is shown, with arbitrary music notes. The Caribbean Recording Company, which used a guitar-shaped logo, obviously used the same production house to produce the Caribou label (right), since there are many similarities between the two designs.

History: Unknown (have info? Please send to The track shown, Let The Good Times Roll, was a big hit for the duo of Shirley and Lee on the U.S. Aladdin label (here mis-spelt 'Alladin') Records in 1956, their sound (according to Wikipedia) being influential in the development of both ska and reggae music styles. Label scan courtesy of musicologist and collector Bill Dean-Myatt of the U.K.

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