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SOUL VENDORS: THE ORIGINAL STUDIO ONE BAND

STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN - PART TWO

After leaving Studio One in July 1968, Joe, Brian and Hux joined guitarist Lyn Taitt in forming Lyn Taitt & the Jets, a very popular band of the era. For a brief period, this aggregation worked at Treasure Isle, Beverley's, West Indian Record Label (now Dynamic Sounds), Federal Records and all the other existing studios during which, they backed several well-known artists including:

1. Johnny Nash, the American singer on several of his popular recordings including Hold me tight, Cupid and You got soul.
2. Toots & the Maytals on songs such as 5446.
3. Desmond Dekker & the Aces on 007 and Israelites. The latter was honored by the U.S Recording Academy and inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in February 2007.
In late 1968, the group disbanded completely, following which Jackie, Joe, Brian and Lyn migrated to Canada and literally vanished from the music scene.

The root of today's popular Dance Hall, Hip Hop and Reggae music can be traced back to the rhythms created at Studio One by Soul Vendors between 1966 and 1968. The popularity of these rhythms has been growing universally ever since and today they represent 99.9% of all the rhythms being used throughout the Reggae Music industry worldwide.
99.9% of all Reggae Artists who have made it to the top at one time or another have put their voices on one or more of these rhythms, a trend which is poised to continue into the foreseeable future.

In 2003, after not performing together in public for well over 35 years, surviving members Joe Isaacs, Brian Atkinson and Hux Brown reconvened the Soul Vendors with the intention of touring and sharing their original Studio One sound with the people live and direct. The new line-up consists of Joe on drums, Brian on bass, Hux on guitar, Bo-Peep Bowen on guitar, Irvin "Allah" Lloyd and Dean Fishback on keyboards plus a versatile three-piece horn section. Of Dean Fishback the new keyboard player, Joe Isaacs has said, "He eats, drinks, and lives Jackie Mittoo's music. He plays it perfectly".

Since its reunion, the band has been very busy in the studio and has already re-recorded three albums of their original music. These are "Together again", "Three plus one" and "Reunited". All three are now being distributed in Jamaica, Canada and the U.S.A

Soul Vendors, the undisputable pioneers of Reggae Music has stepped forward once again and are ready for the road. And, while they are more than very capable of performing a complete instrumental set, their standard presentation will include the vocals of a combination of young upcoming artists who they have been grooming since 2002. These include King Banton, Tony Locks, a2o, Nathalia and Calecia from Jamaica, Wazi from St. Lucia and Tamara from the Middle East.

They will also be drawing from several of the many well-known artists who they backed in the past. These include Willie Williams, Jack Radix, Eric Monty Morris, Stranger Cole, Winston Jarrett, Ethiopians, Derrick Harriot, the original Heptones, John Holt, Clarendonians and Ken Booth etc.

According to Joe Isaacs, "The musicians of my era were a part of the building of the Studio One empire that exists from the 1960s until now, which looks to me like over four decades; and we who helped to make it happen, got neither money, recognition nor fame. We are still grateful nonetheless, because we got the greatest gift of all which is the blessing of GOD who gives us life and the ability to make great music. Soul Vendors is truly the half of the Studio One story that has never been told and our mission is to set the records straight. In doing so, we have no animosity towards anyone. The music lives within us and our mission is to share it with the world while we are still alive".

Soul Vendors debuted on the road in fine style in June, 2006 when they headlined the annual Sierra Nevada World Music Festival in Northern California. Accompanied on vocals by Tamara, Wazi and King Banton, the band opened with a well-received one-hour set. Following which, they backed Ken Booth, Cornel Campbell Johnny Clarke, Larry Marshall and Willie Williams, for a one-hour set each. They are already scheduled to headline the annual "MUSIC UNDER THE STARS" summer concert in El Paso, Texas on August 5, 2007.

Soul Vendors plan on donating a portion of their earnings to various charities in Jamaica and elsewhere.

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