Jamaican Vintage ala Sir Tropical Downbeat

A million quid signature

On 19 December, 2009 I was at a reasonably-sized nightclub which was going to be playing host to an iconic Jamaican vintage rock steady, ska, reggae star Owen Grey. The evening was poised to be a big do. We were there early so we waited on the premises – actually inside the club itself. We came up a flight of stairs to a rather sad looking door but once through the doors there is a huge room with a small sort of  bar, a place for turn table, a dance floor and an eclectic collection of musical equipment. The lights were dimmed as one would expect in a nightclub. To be honest, this is the third time I’ve been in a nightclub in London in almost 6 years here. I guess nightclubs don’t appeal to me much these days.

Some of the vintage gems

The main reason why we were there was to see Sir Tropical Downbeat. This 50-something avid vintage music collector and compiler over some thirty years is none other than Sir Tropical Downbeat aka Lionel Young. Hailing from Yorkshire in the north of England, the man never forgot his musical roots and love of Jamaican rock-steady, ska and reggae music. These are what I would call Jamaican Vintage Gems. Sir TD has collected over dozens of records some first day editions and some are quite rare.

Vintage is his middle name, collecting is his passion. That is Sir Tropical Downbeat aka Lionel Young. Collector and Compiler extraordinaire of vintage Jamaican rock steady, ska and reggae music.

Yah man!

Author: IslandMeri

I am based in Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea. The purpose of this blog is to share my magic moments in Papua New Guinea, elsewhere in the Pacific and the world. I have many creative pursuits - singing, songwriting, amateur photography and blogging.

2 thoughts on “Jamaican Vintage ala Sir Tropical Downbeat”

  1. Good to read about you all the way from Borneo! Was looking you up in google to tell a dj of a Bradford radio station about you and there you go, loads to look at!

    Love Irene

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