Wednesday, September 12, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Clancy Eccles

Artist:Clancy Eccles
Song:Rod Of Correction
Album:Tighten Up Vol. 5

Clancy Eccles started out as a singer in the early 60s but started his own label and recording studio in the late 60s and usually produced other artists. When he did record himself, it was usually for political reasons and that included the 1971 hit Rod Of Correction. So he's not one of the best known of Jamaican singers but he is good. He was born Dec. 9, 1940 in Dean Pen, St. Mary, Jamaica. It appears his father was a travelling preacher. So Eccles moved around a lot and grew up singing in church. As a teen in the 50s, he sang on the north coast hotel circuit. He also worked the Ocho Rios circuit. Eccles moved to Kingston to work with producer Coxsone Dodd. His first hit was Freedom in 1961. It was one of the first songs to be used for political reasons in Jamaica. After attempts at concert promoting, he quit music to become a tailor in 1965. He actually made stage outfits for musicians. He returned to music in 1967 and started his own record company. He had some hits of his own like Feel The Rhythm and Fattie Fattie and also produced others like Alton Ellis, Joe Higgs among others. In the early 70s, Eccles became musical advisor to Michael Manley's People's National Party and supported Manley's campaign for Prime Minister. Rod Of Correction was part of that campaign and it was a big hit. Trojan released Rod Of Correction on the 1971 various artists comp series Tighten Up which are now available on CD either individually or in a box set. As Eccles got more involved in politics, he was less involved in music. He wasn't that active in the 80s. His son Clancy Eccles Jr. records as Clancy. Clancy Eccles died of a heart attack on June 30, 2005 at age 64.Here's a video for Rod Of Correction by Clancy Eccles.

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