Interviewee List for New Don Drummond Book

Don Drummond Book CoverI have yet to get a chance to read Heather Augustyn’s book on Don Drummond yet. I do have a list of who she was able to talk to about the famed trombonist though and post that below. While I didn’t get to read it my buddy over the Duff Guide sure did and wrote up a wickedly concise breakdown of the book’s contents and overview along with his commentary about the book itself.

He shares just one of the many stories from the book, a particularly heartbreaking episode in Augustyn’s book that illustrates the producer’s almost complete control over the musicians in the studio (and how Drummond was completely consumed by his music) relates to Coxsone Dodd (he had bought Drummond’s trombone on the condition that the musician pay him back over time–and thus had another way of wielding power over Drummond):

“Graeme Goodall recalls, “I remember vividly a session where Don was acting up and Coxsone went and took the horn away from him and said, ‘It’s my horn. It’s my horn,’ and Don was almost in tears. ‘Let me play.’ And Coxsone said, ‘Listen, I’ll tell you when I want you to play and what I want you to play, it’s my horn.’ And Don finally realized there was no point in just hanging around, he needed to blow his horn and he behaved himself for Coxsone.””

You really should head over to Duff Guide and read the thing. It’s worth your time and if you are still not interested in reading this book (which I highly doubt and find hard to believe) then you are dead to me. I’ll get around to it eventually cause I sure want to know more about this enigmatic artist. If anyone has the book and wants to write a review for the website please let me know.

Here is the list of people who gave exclusive interviews for the book:

– Delfeayo Marsalis – Jazz trombonist, producer, composer and brother of Wynton and Branford
– P.J. Patterson – Prime Minster of Jamaica, 1992-2006 and Don Drummond’s defense attorney
– Owen Grey – popular Jamaican vocalist, recorded songs for all major producers in Kingston in the 1950s and 1960s before embarking on a solid reggae career
– Rico Rodriguez – legendary Jamaican trombonist who had a successful solo career and performed with Bob Marley, The Specials, and The Jules Holland Band today. Graduate of Alpha Boys School and protage of Don Drummond.
– Ronald Knight – graduate of Alpha Boys School band
– Lloyd Brevett – Jamaican bass player and founding member of The Skatalites
– Lester Sterling – Jamaican drummer and founding member of The Skatalites
– BB Seaton – popular Jamaica vocalist and former member of The Gaylads
– Jo Jo Bennett – graduate of Alpha Boys School band and successful trumpeter
– Larry McDonald – Jamaican percussionist, performed with Peter Tosh
– Herman Sang – prolific Jamaican pianist
– Eddie “Tan Tan Thornton – famous Jamaican trumpeter and member of Aswad
– Derrick Morgan – legendary Jamaican vocalist and talent scout who discovered Jimmy Cliff
– Suzanne Bent – daughter of Margarita
– Herman “Woody” King – Jamaican saxophone player
– Heather Royes – daughter of K.C. Royes, administrator of Bellevue Mental Hospital during Don Drummond’s trial and committal
– Carlos Malcolm – legendary Jamaican trombonist
– Dermot Hussey – Jamaican musicologist and host on XM/Sirius Radio
– Ken Stewart – manager of The Skatalites
– Marcia Griffiths – legendary Jamaican vocalist, member of the I-Three’s
– Winston “Sparrow Martin – Alpha Boys School bandmaster and Jamaican drummer
– Dr. Aggrey Irons – former administrator of Bellevue Mental Hospital
– Devon Williams – director of nursing at Bellevue Mental Hospital
– Graeme Goodall – innovative studio and broadcast engineer in Jamaica during the ‘50s and ‘60s
– Dr. Frederick Hickling – medical student during post mortem of Margarita
– Tony Shoucair – nephew of Dr. Frederick Shoucair, Don Drummond’s doctor in Bellevue
– Headley Bennett, O.D. – legendary Jamaican saxophonist and graduate of Alpha Boys School
– Winston Smith – personal friend to Don Drummond
– Vin Gordon – Jamaican trombonist, performed with Bob Marley and Aswad, nickname Don Jr.
– Norma Faye Chin – Margarita’s best friend
– Clive Chin – producer and son of legendary Jamaica producer Vincent Chin, a.k.a. Randy’s
– Charley Organaire – harmonica player who performed with Don Drummond
– Calvin “Bubbles” Cameron – trombone player with the Supersonics and Count Ossie

That’s a pretty big list!

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.