Studio One has been Jamaica's most prolific recording label for more than fifty years. Clement Seymour 'Coxsone' Dodd first began producing local Jamaican artists in the mid 1950s, initially for exclusive use on his numerous sound systems. The earliest singles and albums were recorded and pressed at Federal Studios, but in 1963 Dodd opened his own recording facilities at 13 Brentford Road, Kingston - the Jamaican Recording and Publishing Studio. Studio One is the major label and the generic title for all C.S.Dodd productions.
The first albums to be released were JAMAICAN ALL STARS and ALL STAR TOP HITS, both recorded at Federal Recording Studio in 1961. These were followed by I COVER THE WATERFRONT and JAZZ JAMAICA in 1962, JUMP JAMAICA WAY in 1963, and SKA AUTHENTIC in 1964.
Since 1981 I have been attempting to catalogue all the vinyl LPs and CDs issued on the Studio One and related labels. The fruits of these efforts have been published in two editions of Downbeat Special (Studio One Album Discography), the latest edition in 1996. During the same period I have also published four editions of Never Grow Old (Studio One Singles Listing and Rhythm Directory), a catalogue of approximately 6000 titles, including alternative versions of each rhythm.
Most of the information on these pages comes directly from the records in my own and other Studio One collections, and as such it is very much a collaborative effort between myself and fellow collectors from all over the world. Thanks are due to the following for their help and assistance:
Petri Aarnio; Olivier Albot; Lol Bell-Brown; Stan Bethwaite; Joshua Blood; Nicky Bowman; Steve Brentford: Bob Brooks; Jeremy Collingwood: Roger Dalke; Peter Dalton; Matt Dinsmore; Christian Eritt; Matthew Ewert; John Foster; Cyrille Fouques; Peter Furlong; Winston Gelly; Greg (Graal Records); Brian Harris (Icicle); Noel Hawks (Dub Vendor); Dave Home; Otto Hestness; Ray Hurford (Small Axe & Rhythm Wise); Tero Kaski; Brian Keyo; Chris Lane; Charlie Morgan (Outernational Records); Gary Olliver; Tapsa Piirainen; Nicolas Potier; Peter Roberts; Alpo Saimovarra; Robert Schoenfeld (Roots Knotty Roots); Jean Scrivener (Rhythm Wise); Rich Spencer; Bobby Tanzilo; Stephen Taw; Leigh Turner; Michael Turner (Roots Knotty Roots); Juha Vaahtera; Chris Wilson (Heartbeat); Klaus Winter; Bill Wright.
(With apologies to anyone whose name I have omitted.)