Roy Ellis - The Beginning (7")
In 1964 Roy Ellis, a Jamaican teenager, released two of his first compositions backed by the best talents from Jamaican music: Ernest Ranglin on guitar, Georgie Fame on organ, Tony Washington on piano, Eddie ‘Tan Tan’ Thornton playing trumpet, Rico on trombone, Sonny Burke on sax, among some others who Roy Ellis can’t properly remember now, after half a century.
Roy Ellis recalls: “I met a guy called Sonny Burke, he was a singer, saxophone player and producer. He was always looking for young talent at that time, so I went to him to introduce myself. I remember this time very clearly... Well I tried to write some songs. I came with three titles that I wrote: ‘I Don’t Want You Anymore’ (aka ‘Another Man’), ‘Everyday You Got Me Crying Girl’, ‘Mr. Wang’. He liked all three of them, but he only recorded two. In the studio, at that time, playing rhythm Guitar on the record, was the master Ernest Ranglin, on the organ was Georgie Fame, on the piano was Tony Washington, on Trumpet was Eddy Tantan, who much later became a member of Georgie Fame & the Blue Fame Band. So we recorded the songs ‘Another Man’ and ‘Mr. Wang’.
Then Roy Ellis met his colleagues with whom formed The Bees, Pyramids, Symarip, etc. and sold millions of records, and the rest is history… until nowadays, when Roy Ellis is one of the most prolific and recognized Jamaican talents, having released over 50 records and played live all over the world.