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Ken Boothe

A huge influence on Jamaican music, Ken Boothe's work predates reggae, reaching back to the formative days of ska, when he had a successful early-1960s duo with Stranger Cole. Like most other Jamaican singers of his era, Boothe moved through the brief rocksteady period and finally into reggae. Heavily influenced by American R&B (and often called "the Wilson Pickett of Jamaica"), Boothe developed an organic, soulful style that became an important influence on "lovers' rockers" like Dennis Brown and… Show more

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