Rockers We’ve Lost in 2012: Lloyd Brevett
Lloyd Brevett, a founding member of Jamaican ska band the Skatalities, died on Thursday, May 3 at the age of 80. Brevett died after battling complications following a stroke he had in March, two weeks after his 32-year-old son, Okine, was fatally shot.
The Skatalities released their first album ‘Ska Authentic’ in 1964. The group toured through Jamaica as the creators of ska that year and played their first show at the Hi-Hat Club on June 27. Their initial run only lasted for a year, playing their last show in August of 1965 before splintering into two groups.
The Skatalities reunited in 1983 when they performed at the Reggae Sunsplash Festival in Montego Bay. They’ve had a successful run ever since their reunion touring throughout North America and the rest of the globe. Sadly, members of the band started to pass away as time went on. Saxophone player Lester Sterling is the only founding member left in Skatalities.