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Byron Lee and the Dragonaires

Byron Lee and the Dragonaires (known as Byron Lee’s Dragonaires since Lee’s death) are a Jamaican skacalypso and soca band. The band played a crucial pioneering role in bringing Caribbean music to the world. Byron Lee died on 4 November 2008, after a long battle with cancer.

The band was originally formed around 1950 by Byron Lee and his friend Carl Brady, taking its name from the St. George’s Collegefootball team that they played for.[1][2] The band originally played mento, and performed their first shows in the college common room to celebrate the team’s victories.[1]      Continue reading

A Tribute to Byron Lee – and the Dragonaires – 2 videos

A Tribute to Byron Lee – ‘The Dragon’

This a video  by the Jamaica Gleaner, that highlights some aspects of the life of Byron Lee, the Jamaican musician and band leader of ‘Byron Lee and the Dragonaires’.  He spent over 50 years in the music industry.

Iconic Jamaican bandleader and producer BYRON LEE has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 73.The Dragonaires founder, who inspired many stars with his reggae, ska and rocksteady hits, died on 4 November 2008.

As the leader of the Dragonaires, Lee enjoyed hits like Jamaica Ska and Dancehall Soca, and the music also earned him and his bandmates a part in 1962 James Bond film Dr. No.    See the two videos below:-  Continue reading

Byron Lee – The Unstated Value Of A Man

Byron Lee – The Unstated Value Of A Man

Byron Lee’s contribution to Jamaican music

By Roy Black, Gleaner Writer – Jamaica

In our last article, the Music Diaries focussed on Byron Lee’s early years as an unpretentious musician who, along with his St George’s College teammates, started playing music with makeshift instruments as a form of celebration after football games. Soon, life was more than football as the band got better, mainly through the assistance and encouragement of old boys, friends and his alma mater. Then came his inclusion in the popular James Bond movie, Dr No, which gave them that all-important financial ‘push’ that they desperately needed.

The Dragonaires, coining their name from ‘dragon’, the St George’s insignia and ‘aires‘ for music, was and still is essentially a dance-and-party band that started out playing calypso jump-up music in the late 1950s at a number of venues across the island.               Continue reading