Laurel Aitken lived in the heart of Leicester for 35 years and made a huge contribution to the cultural life of the city, inspiring and helping hundreds of young musicians.
Dubbed by Gaz Mayall as ‘The Godfather of Ska’, Laurel moved to England from Jamaica in the early 1960s, releasing records on the ‘Blue Beat’ label. Proving popular with the Mods and Skinheads in the 1960s and 70s, Laurel’s music also influenced the Two Tone sound of the early 1980s, in particular with bands such as The Specials and Bad Manners.
Street Of Glory / Lonesome Traveller / Madame Sorosie / We SHall Overcome / Call The Doctor / Freedom
Hallelujah Train / Looking For My Baby / Woman Is Sweeter Than Man / It's Coming Down / Take Off My Pyjamas / Leave My Woman Alone
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