Tuesday, June 26, 2007

The Charmer

'Lloyd Charmers' career (born Lloyd Tyrell) spans some of the most fertile periods of Jamaica's musical history. From the late-'50s era of Jamaican shuffle R&B and the subsequent ska boom, to the rocksteady and roots reggae of the late '60s and early '70s, Charmers made valuable contributions not only as a vocalist, but as a session musician and producer, as well. Unfortunately, not much is known about Charmers' whereabouts after his successful stint as a producer in the first half of the '70s. Whether he is still working or even still alive is a good question.' Here are a couple of his more soulful tracks.

Lloyd Charmers: Just My Imagination

Here's a very easy going cover of The Temps' classic. Charmers' voice is smooth and as sweet as guava jelly.
This track can be found on Trojan's Soulful Reggae box set.

Lloyd Charmers: For The Good Times
This Kris Kristofferson cover offers a desperate plea, 'Make believe you love me...'. Charmers voice aches on this one taken from the somewhat ridiculous Elvis Reggae compilation from 2006 All Shook Up: A Reggae Tribute to the King.

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