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Born: 1932
Kingston,Jamaica
Died: May 6, 1969


Don Drummond was a famous ska trombonist and composer and one of
the original members of The Skatalites. In the 50s he had established his reputation as one of Jamaica’s top musicians. As a member of the legendary Skatalites and as a solo musician, he has cut numerous timeless tracks for Coxsone Dodd and Duke Reid. Drummond’s genius did not come
without a price, however – a notoriously eccentric man who suffered from bouts of manic depression, his erratic behaviour earned him the nickname
‘Don Cosmic’ from Dodd. In 1964 when he was convicted of the murder of his girlfriend, Drummond was deemed legally insane, and committed
indefinitely to Bellevue Hospital. He died there on May 6, 1969 although officially explained as a suicide, there was no official autopsy, and rumours about his death continue to swirl to this day

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