Born: Dec 9, 1940
Dean Pen |Jamaica
Died: June 30, 2005
Clancy Eccles made important contributions to the evolution of Jamaican popular music during the late 1960s and early 1970s, as a singer, record producer and concert promoter; as a social activist, Eccles also helped produce significant changes to Jamaica’s political landscape during the same era.
It began in 1959, when as a 19-year-old singer he recorded for pioneer producer Clement ‘Sir Coxsone’ Dodd his first sound system hit with the spiritual and socially strong ‘Freedom’ before scoring with even bigger hits with River Jordan, Feel The Rhythm, Sweet Jamaica and Fatty Fatty. Eccles launched different record labels for his works and
recorded artists such as Alton Ellis, Joe Higgs, the Trinidian Lord Creator (‘Kingston Town’), Beres Hammond and many more. Eccles died on June 30, 2005 in Spanish Town Hospital from complications of a stroke.