Lascelles Perkins was one of the first stars of the Jamaican music scene.
Studio 1’s leading balladeer and one of the most underrated singers from
that time. Lascelles Perkins sang sentimental ballads and he scored
massive local hits for Coxsone Dodd’s Studio 1 label. Songs like
‘Lonely Moments’ and ‘Together Forever’. Other big hits followed
‘The Mighty Organ’ song as a duet with Hortense Ellis, Alton Ellis’s sister,
’Destiny’ and a whole catalogue of standards or foreign songs as they
were called. Lascelles could sing any song make it seem effortless and
at the same time address it in his own unique style.
Lascelles Perkins was present at the birth of Studio 1 at the initial
sessions carried out in 1959 alongside the other big singers of the
day Alton Ellis and Basil Gabbidon. The session took place at Federal
Studios and as was the method of recording at the time, the studio
would have one mic hanging down in the middle of the room.
The singer would be nearest the mic and the musicians depending
on how loud their instrument was would place themselves accordingly
in the room. Everything was one take or you would have to record the
whole song again. The singers and musicians would have to be on top
of their game and would be paid for each side they cut. Doing things
over would mean less songs finished, time and money was tight but
this discipline made the great records we know today.
We have captured Mr Perkins on some lost tapes from Producer
Bunny Lee’s archive that captures Lascelles singing some of the
big Studio One hits of the day. ‘Rain From The Skies’, ‘Stick By Me’,
‘Love Me Forever’ and ‘No Man Is An Island’. Alongside other great
tunes from the time like ,‘Dancing Mood’, ‘Pledging My Love’,
‘Take My Hand’, ‘Never Never’, and ‘Dinner For One’. Lets hope
this set gets Lascelles Perkins back on the musical map and listened
by a whole new audience. Top Tunes ! preformed in a style that seems
effortless, yet is only possible, if one has the talent to pull it off and
Mr Perkins has it in bundles…..