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Studio Drummie One and the History of Rocksteady Music Joe Isaacs, original Rock Steady drummer, shares his story of playing drums at Studio One in Kingston, Jamaica during the 1960′s, a revolutionary era in Jamaican music. Under the Studio One label, Joe played drums on original recordings with legendary musicians including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Bunny Wailer, Jackie Mittoo, the Heptones, Marcia Griffiths, Burning Spear, Ken Boothe, Alton Ellis, and many, many more. Countless original number one hit tunes made at Studio One feature Joe Isaacs on drums.


Learn how the Rock Steady drum rhythm was created by Joe Isaacs, hear stories of the musical genius of Jackie Mittoo and meet legends Earl ‘Chinna’ Smith, Ken Boothe, and the Heptones. Follow Joe as he explores Jamaican drum cultures of RastafarI Niyabingi, and the Jamaican Maroons.

JOE ISSACS and Richard Irving of Charlestown Maroons. JOE ISAACS with teacher at Cornwall Baracks, Portland.


Studio Drummie One