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Baba Brooks

key, fl, *1935 JM
Musician / Producer of Reggae
A.k.a. Oswald F. Brooks Oswald Brooks

Oswald "Baba" Brooks (born c.1935) was a trumpet player who played jazz in the 1950s with the Eric Dean orchestra and recorded during the 1960s original Jamaican ska era for producers Duke Reid, Sonia Pottinger and her husband Lindon, King Edwards, and Prince Buster.

  • Keyboards
  • Flute
  • Reggae
  • R&B/Soul
Plays With
Zemenfes Kidus
Popular Tracks   
Boat Ride on Essential Artist Collection – The Skatalites by The Skatalites
Strongman Sampson on The Birth of Ska by Various Artists
Stampede on Essential Artist Collection – The Skatalites by The Skatalites
Musical Communion on Latin Goes Ska by Tommy McCook and The Skatalites
Country Town on Essential Artist Collection – The Skatalites by The Skatalites
Musical Communion on Ska Mania by Various Artists
Melody Jamboree on Memorial Album by Don Drummond
Knockout Punch (Cotton Tree) on Essential Artist Collection – The Skatalites by The Skatalites
Duck Soup on Intensified by Various Artists
Night Food on Latin Goes Ska by Various Artists

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Band Members

Title Artist Year Type
1st Session (Alternative Take)Baba Brooks2018Single
Alphabetically Yours / AlcatrazAlton Ellis & The Flames & Baba Brooks / The Baba Brooks Band2016Single
Love Divine / A Toast To James BondPatsy Todd / Baba Brooks2009Single
Ska Ta Shot (Take 2) / Shock ResistanceLynn Taitt / Baba Brooks2008Single
South China Sea (Take 2) / Distant Drums (a.k.a African Blood)Johnny Moore / Baba Brooks2008Single
If I Don't Work Out / Ki-SalabocaJoe White / Baba Brooks1969Single
Cool Water / Roll CallAl & The Vibrators / Baba Brooks1967Single
Cast Off / Set Her FreeBaba Brooks / Al & The Vibrators1967Single
Special Event / Samphey ManBaba Brooks1966Single
I Found My Love / Western FlyerThe Sensations / Baba Brooks1966Single
Blessings Of LoveAlton Ellis & The Flames, Baba Brooks And Lynn Taitt Band1966Single
So Long / After A StormLester Sterling, Baba Brooks, Justin Hinds & The Dominoes1966Single
Telling LiesThe Techniques, Baba Brooks1965Single
Heart Of Stone / Let Me GoDerrick & Naomi, Baba Brooks / Derrick Morgan1965Single
Shank J. Sheck / Set Me FreeBaba Brooks / Shenley And Hyacinth1965Single
Duck Soup / RenegadeBaba Brooks / The Zodiacs1965Single
Run Joe / Make BelieveStranger Cole w/ Baba Brooks1965Single
So Many TimesThe Techniques, Baba Brooks1965Single
Baby Elephant Walk / Don's SpecialBaba Brooks / Don Drummond1965Single
Mattie Rag Part 1 / Mattie Rag Part 2Baba Brooks / Lord Tanamo1965Single
Teenage Ska / You Are Not To BlameBaba Brooks / Alton Ellis1965Single
Solomon Gundie / Key To The CityEric "Monty" Morris / Baba Brooks1964Single
Go-On / Take FiveBaba Brooks1964Single
Spiritual Mambo / Fly RightLord Briscoe / Baba Brooks1964Single
Spider / Melody JamboreeBaba Brooks1964Single
Woman Come / Melody JamboreeMargarita, Baba Brooks1964Single
Looks Are Deceiving / DreadnaughtBaba Brooks1964Single
Sow Good Seeds / Bus StrikeBaba Brooks1964Single
Key To The City / AmbitionGladstone Anderson, Baba Brooks, Eric "Monty" Morris1964Single
My Love Has Come/Sweet EileenLord Briscoe / Baba Brooks1964Single
Words Of Mouth / Soloman AgundyEric "Monty" Morris, Baba Brooks1964Single
King SamuelJustin Hinds & The Dominoes, Drumbago & Baba Brooks1964Single
Cork Foot / B.B.C. Channel 2Baba Brooks / Hersang & His Combo1964Single
Yeah Yeah Baby / Boat RideStranger & Patsy / Baba Brooks1964Single
Musical WorkshopBaba Brooks1964Single
Dearest / Tears Are FallingDotty & Bonny, Baba Brooks1964Single
Distant Drums / Too Young To LoveBaba Brooks With The Trenton Spence Orchestra / Larry Marshall1963Single
Eunodus / Look Before You Leap (White Lbl)Stranger & Ken, Baba Brooks / Glen Adams1963Single
Three Blind Mice / We Ain't Got NothingBaba Brooks1963Single
Bank To BankBaba Brooks1963Single
Strongman Sampson / Jelly BeanEric "Monty" Morris / Baba Brooks1963Single
Alcatraz / Don't Trouble PeopleBaba Brooks / Alton Ellis & The FlamesSingle
You Are The One To BlameAlton Ellis / Baba BrooksSingle
Cry Tough / Spit FireAlton Ellis & The Flames / Baba BrooksSingle
Melody JamboreeBaba Brooks, Stranger ColeSingle
Shank I Sheck / My GirlBaba Brooks / Winston WrightSingle
Chattie Chattie WomanStephen Amos, Baba BrooksSingle
Mama No Fret / Vitamin AEric "Monty" Morris / Baba BrooksSingle
River Bank / Over The RiverBaba Brooks / Justin Hinds & The DominoesSingle
Dr. No / I Had A DreamBaba Brooks / Lord TanamoSingle
Sands Of The Sea / Emanuel RoadAlton Ellis, Baba BrooksSingle
Mouth A Massy / Baby Elephant WalkAlton Ellis / Baba BrooksSingle
Musical Communion / Yea Yea BabyBaba Brooks / Stranger & PatsySingle
I Want My Cock / Dr. DeckerOwen & Leon Silvera & The Baba Brooks Band / Baba Brooks & Don DrummondSingle
Five O'Clock Whistle / Ten VirginsBaba Brooks / The Angelic BrothersSingle
Too Young To Love / Distant DrumsLarry Marshall / Baba Brooks With The Trenton Spence OrchestraSingle
Live It Up / Smoking SkaHopeton Lewis / Baba BrooksSingle
Word Of Wisdom / SpiderBaba BrooksSingle
Musical Workshop / JerichoBaba Brooks / Bobby AitkenSingle
Smoke Screen / Sly MongooseBeverley's All Stars / Baba BrooksSingle
I Shall Wear A Crown / Robin HoodRichards Brothers, Baba BrooksSingle
Bus Strike / Mr. JudgeBaba Brooks / Bobby AitkenSingle
So Wonderful / FroggyDerrick & Naomi / Baba BrooksSingle
Blues / ABCBaba Brooks / Big YouthSingle
Catch A Fire / Drop Your SwordBaba Brooks And Eric "Monty" MorrisSingle
River BankBaba BrooksSingle
Shank I Sheck / No Body KnowBaba Brooks / Shenley Duffus - Clevie BrowneSingle
Goodbye / Portrait Of My LoveStranger Cole / Baba BrooksSingle
Shank I Sheck / ScandalisingBaba Brooks / The UpsettersSingle
Beautiful Angel / Smiling FaceBaba BrooksSingle
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