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Alton Ellis is dead. Trojan Records writes:

“Paying a fitting tribute to the career of Alton Nehemiah Ellis in just a few paragraphs is an impossible task. For well over forty years, his inimitable voice has thrilled hundreds of thousands worldwide on countless classic Ska, Soul, Rock Steady and Reggae recordings, many of which he also happened to have penned. His passing last night in Hammersmith Hospital is a terrible loss not just the world of music, but the world at large, for, as all who came to meet him can testify, he was truly a prince among men.”

I will remember him for his Mr. Soul of Jamaica LP. A truly great album.