Sunday, September 02, 2012

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-The Eternals

Artist:The Eternals
Song:Queen of the Minstrels
Album:Studio One Soul

Cornel Campbell is an unsung legend of Jamaican music. Some fans should be familiar with him as Don Gorgon. But he had his first success as leader of The Eternals in the late 60s. Queen of the Minstrels was one of his first hits. He was born Nov. 23, 1945 in Kingston, Jamaica. He first recorded for Coxsone Dodd's Studio One in the late 50s and then was a member of The Sensations in the mid 60s. When they split up, Campbell formed The Eternals with Ken Price and Errol Wisdom and returned to Studio One. Queen of the Minstrels was Campbell's first big hit. Campbell went solo in 1971. The Eternals weren't around long enough to have a CD devoted to them. You can get the original recording of Queen of the Minstrels on this various artists comp from SoulJazz Records. I mention that because Campbell has recorded Queen of the Minstrels several times. As Don Gorgon, Campbell had success in the 70s with songs like Natty Dread in a Greenwich Town. He was also part of the late 70s revival of The Uniques. For the most part, Cornel Campbell and his falsetto voice continue to tour today and record occasionally. Here's Cornel Campbell performing Queen of the Minstrels in France May 12, 2007.

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