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October 12, 2007: Augustus Pablo part 1
Augustus Pablo, aka Horace Swaby was born in 1954 in St. Andrews. In grade school, he hung out with Clive Chin, whose father Vincent Chin was the owner of Randy's studio and record shop. Swaby and his brother Douglas got into the music biz by running a sound called Rockers. Swaby's first musical stab in 1970 was with Leslie Kong's cousin, Herman Chin Loy, who had founded the Aquarius record label and shop a year earlier. The two got the ball rolling buy cutting the track "Iggy Iggy" which can be heard towards the end of this show.
Augustus Pablo was a name used by Herman Chin Loy for the artists featured on several keyboard-focused tunes that he put out, including tunes by Glen Adams. After recording "East of the River Nile" with Adams and Swaby, the name permanently stuck with Swaby.
In this show, we focus on these early journeys of Augustus Pablo as he moves from producer to producer, recording melodica versions on several strong riddims. After his work with Aquarius, Pablo went on to work with Clive Chin at Randy's, recording several top knotch tunes which get a showcase early on in the show. This show also sees him recording with Keith Hudson, Bunny Lee, Joe Gibbs, Derrick Harriot, Jimmy Radway, Enos Mcleod, Alvin Ranglin, and others such as Leonard Chin (uncle of Vincent Chin.)
This is the first of a four part series, so open your ears and see just where Augustus Pablo is trying to take you on this little riddim