Lloyd Charmers Has Died

Lloyd Charmers LP CoverThe Observer reported earlier today that Lloyd Tyrell aka Charmers has died after suffering a massive heart attack in London. It was confirmed by his close friend Winston Blake.

He of course found his first success singing with Slim Smith in The Uniques then moving onto to record and produce more massive hits like “Birth Control” with The Hippy Boys and as Lloydie and The Lowbites. “Birth Control” was of course the inspiration for The Specials’ song “Too Much Too Young”.

He was a skinhead favorite for his many x-rated and early Reggae instrumental style tunes. Another legend of the Reggae has passed on.

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.