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Hundreds of fans and well wishers turned out on October 19, at a special Memorial Dance, held at the Bridge Park Community Centre in Harlesden, London, England, to pay tribute to veteran Jamaican singer, Alton Ellis, who died on October 10 in London.
After a minute’s silence, the audience was treated to music and performers from the Rock Steady era, including singer, Dennis Alcapone, who described Alton Ellis as the “greatest single Jamaican artiste ever.”
Mr. Ellis’ children were in attendance and one of his sons, Dean Ellis, was the disk jockey for much of the night. He introduced his younger brother, Christopher Ellis, who demonstrated that he was blessed with his father’s talent and had the audience dancing to tracks, such as: ‘I’m still in love with you girl’ , ‘You make me so very happy’, and ‘Ain’t that loving you’.
Consular, Political and Economic Affairs Officer at the Jamaican High Commission, John Clarke, who represented High Commissioner, Burchell Whiteman, conveyed heartfelt condolences to the family, friends, associates and fans of Alton Ellis.
“We at the High Commission, share your sorrow at the passing of a true Jamaican legend. Alton was widely regarded as the Godfather of Rocksteady. His career in the field of entertainment spanned more than 50 years and his name is listed among the most popular exponents of Jamaican vintage music. We recall that in 1994, he received the well-deserved Order of Distinction from the Jamaican Government, in recognition of his vital contribution to Jamaica’s popular culture,” Mr. Clarke said.
“It is fitting that we are reflecting on the life of Alton Ellis on the eve of National Heroes Day, given the immense contribution he has made to the evolution of Jamaican music and the international currency it has attained. May his soul rest in peace,” he added.
He recalled that Mr. Ellis headlined the ‘Get Ready to Rocksteady’ concert, sponsored by the Ministry of Information, Culture, Youth and Sports earlier this year. That event, it should be noted, is being edited as a musical documentary, highlighting the evolution of Rocksteady and will pay tribute to the work and legacy of Mr. Ellis.
Information, Culture, Youth and Sports Minister, Olivia Grange, has announced that the Jamaican Government is to assist with the funeral arrangements for Mr. Ellis.
Miss Grange told a post-Cabinet media briefing last week, that arrangements have been made for the body of the singer, to be brought back to Jamaica. She also expressed regret at the legend’s passing. Details of the arrangements are expected to be disclosed shortly.
The Memorial Dance was organised by Director of Hawkeye Sports World Limited (formerly Hawkeye Records), Roy Allen.