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Born: Circa 1915
Portland,Jamaica
Died: Early 1975


Arthur Reid a.k.a Duke Reid ran one of
the most popular sound systems of the ’50s called Duke Reid’s the Trojan.
In the 1960s, Reid founded the record label Treasure Isle, named after his liquor store, that produced legendary
ska and rocksteady music. Sound system operator, former policeman and liquor store owner Duke ‘The Trojan’ Reid, perhaps has been the single biggest influence on the development of Jamaican music after his rival Coxsone Dodd. At the beginning of the 70s he single-handed created a new form of deejaying, cutting slices with U Roy. Duke Reid became seriously ill in 1974 and was diagnosed with cancer. He
sadly passed away in early 1975, leaving behind an extensive musical legacy.

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