Posted by themusicsover on November 14, 2009
1946 – November 14, 1984
Known as the “Dark Prince of Reggae,” Keith Hudson was a reggae musician, singer, songwriter and producer who helped usher in the practice of “dub.” As a child growing up in Kingston, Hudson was a schoolmate of such future legends as Bob Marley, Ken Boothe and Delroy Wilson. Even at an early age, he gravitated toward the riddems that would eventually be called ska and reggae. He soon became a disciple of Coxsone Dodd, the legendary Jamaican producer. In 1960, Hudson produced his first record by a group of musicians who would soon become members of the Skatalites. His first hit as a producer came in the late ’60s thanks to “Old Fashioned Way,” a record he made with Boothe. He went on to work with Wilson, Alton Ellis and U-Roy. He began making his own records during the ’70s and began experimenting with dub. His albums at the time were critical hits in Jamaica. His 1975 Pick A Dub is considered a masterpiece and is widely regarded as the very first deliberately thematic dub album. Hudson moved to New York City not long after the release of Pick A Dub and eventually started his own label. He was diagnosed with lung cancer during the summer of 1984, and was 38 when he died of it four months later.