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Trojan Records 

Trojan Records

The Beginning: Although seemingly inconsequential at the time, July 28th 1967 proved to be a momentous date in the history of Jamaican music. For it was on that day that Chris Blackwell and Lee Gopthal from Island Records, one of the UK’s leading record companies launched a label that would come to symbolise and forever be associated with the style that was to make Jamaica a musical superpower. The imprint was of course Trojan, a subsidiary created specifically to showcase the productions of one of Jamaica’s most popular and successful producers, Arthur “Duke” Reid, who himself had acquired the moniker from the make of the British-built seven-ton truck he had used to transport his powerful soundsystem around the island since the fifties. The company just took its name from Reid’s sound system – The Trojan. Some eleven singles subsequently saw issue on the Island off-shoot over the six months immediately following its creation, but by the start of 1968, the company had pulled the plug, deciding their Treasure Isle imprint would suffice as the sole output for Duke Reid’s material in the UK. Nonetheless, during its brief lifespan, the Trojan label had highlighted some of the finest music to emanate from Jamaica during the height of the Rocksteady era. The Trojan Story might well have ended there, with the label little more than a footnote in the annals of Island Records’ illustrious history, and that it is not is due more to luck than forethought. Some seven months after its demise, Trojan was resurrected, altough this time around it was much more than just a minor, if respectable, Jamaican music label. Now it was a new dynamic company that over the coming years would dominate the Jamaican records market in the UK.
In the 60s and 70s Trojan did a major effort in spreading Reggae over the UK, licensing Jamaican releases as well as pushing their own UK acts.
The original parent company Trojan Recordings Ltd. and the Trojan back catalogue was sold to Allied Records Ltd. in the 1970s and Allied continued to release records under Trojan Records. The full Trojan catalogue was acquired by Sanctuary Records Group Ltd. in 2001 and is now a part of the Universal Music Group.
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  • Lucia Migrditchian  On March 23, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Nice bit. Sentimental?

  • swissdefenceleague  On March 23, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    It is more like Nostalgia

    😉 🙂

    • Lucia Migrditchian  On March 23, 2013 at 6:34 pm

      I can appreciate that.

      • muse1876  On March 24, 2013 at 4:17 pm

        Somestimes after reading the different blogs you just need a break from what is going on in this world.

      • swissdefenceleague  On March 24, 2013 at 4:34 pm

        Exactly … too many things.. and some things said over and over again..
        But Nice To See You, Friend Muse, I have a few mails to write, but not the will to do it, none of them are of fun subject.. If you like to put some music please do so, there is also the message board where I put music…

      • muse1876  On March 24, 2013 at 5:00 pm

        SDL, My listening goes from the classical to todays music. Thank you.

      • swissdefenceleague  On March 24, 2013 at 5:41 pm

        Bring it on.. whatever..by the feeling..

      • muse1876  On March 24, 2013 at 6:41 pm

        This morning was Enya and this aternoon it is Mumford and Sons. I will send in a song the next time I find on that says something to me.

      • swissdefenceleague  On March 24, 2013 at 4:41 pm

      • swissdefenceleague  On March 24, 2013 at 4:45 pm

  • muse1876  On March 23, 2013 at 6:33 pm

    Not bad. I was just listening to Enya to calm my nerves after reading some blogs! God bless

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