Born as Dalton Bishop in Barbados, Opel
possessed a rich, powerful voice with a six-octave range. He was known as the Jackie Wilson of Jamaica, and was a gifted dancer. In his homeland he was already a musical superstar.
In the early 1960s, he was discovered
by Byron Lee, who brought him to Jamaica. There, he started performing with the legendary Skatalites as an occasional vocalist and bass player. He recorded as a solo artist first on
Coxsone Dodd’s Studio One label. His styles included ska, R&B, soul, gospel, and calypso and with his James Brown-like stage show, he was poised for international stardom when he died in
a car accident while visiting his native Barbados in 1970.