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Alton Ellis

Alton Ellis

Full nameAlton Nehemiah Ellis

Birthday: 1 September 1938

Place of birth: Trenchtown, Kingston, Jamaica

Alton Nehemiah Ellis was a Jamaican singer-songwriter. As one of the innovators of rocksteady*, he was given the informal title "Godfather of Rocksteady".

In 2004, Ellis was awarded the Order of Distinction by the Jamaican government in recognition of his achievements.

In 2006, he was inducted into the International Reggae And World Music Awards Hall Of Fame.

Alton Ellis died on 10 October 2008.

*The rocksteady genre was a successor to Ska and a precursor to Reggae, dominating Jamaica between 1966 and 1968.

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