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Algoriddim 20070119: Royals

Algoriddim 20070119: Royals

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Silvertones, Earl sixteen, Royals, Professor, Prince far i and more.

The Royals... The foundation of The Royals was a man named Roy Cousins. He was in the group with Errol Wilson, Keith Smith and Berthram Johnson. They had their first sessions recording in 1967 with Studio One's Coxsone Dodd. As The Tempests, they laid down a track titled "Pick Up the Pieces." Dodd sat on the tune and didn't release it.

After working with Dodd, the Royals went on to work with producers like Joe Gibbs, Byron Smith and Lloyd Daley. Eventually Roy Cousins stepped up and began producing most of the tracks put out by the Royals with money he earned working in the Post Office. In 1973, Roy Cousins produced a rerecording of "Pick Up the Pieces" and it hit. This allowed Cousins to leave his job at the Post Office and focus on producing full time.

Other than the Royals, Cousins went on to produce a number of other artists...