RIP Glen “Capo” Adams – Hippy Boy Leaves The Station

The Gleaner and Trojan Records sites have confirmed the passing of another great and legendary Jamaican artist. Keyboard king Glen Adams – member of powerhouses The Upsetters and Hippy Boys and most recently found playing around NYC with The Slackers passed away last week.

His influence on reggae goes without saying. As the Trojan site states: “At a session [sic] in October 1968, he was asked to play organ following the non-appearance of the backing musicians and while his style was rudimentary, his unusual technique contributed significantly to the popularity of the resultant recordings, which included ‘Bangarang’ by Lester Sterling & Stranger Cole, Slim Smith’s ‘Everybody Needs Love’ and Derrick Morgan’s ‘Hold Me Jack’.

Encouraged by this, he further honed his keyboard playing skills and by the close of the decade was a regular session player, forming a band with guitarist, Alva ‘Reggie’ Lewis and the Hippy Boys’ rhythm section, Aston and Carlton Barrett (on bass and drums, respectively). The group also recorded as both the Reggae Boys and Soul Mates, with Adams and Lewis performing vocals on Skinhead favourites such as ‘Mama Look Deh’ and ‘Them A Laugh And Ki Ki’.”

Read both stories:

Now have a listen to just one of the too many to count classics this true artists played on and remember those sweet sweet tunes.

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.