The Cimarons were a UK reggae band formed in 1967. They were the UK's first self-contained indigenous reggae band. Jamaican natives, the Cimarons migrated to Britain in 1967 with a lineup consisting of Franklyn Dunn (bass), Carl Levy (keyboards), Locksley Gichie (guitar), and Maurice Ellis (drums); vocalist, Winston Reid (better known as Winston Reedy) joined in London. They were primarily session musicians in Jamaica, and backed many artists, including Jimmy Cliff. Their first LP, In Time, on Trojan Records in 1974 featured a rendition of the O'Jays' "Ship Ahoy", "Utopian Feeling", "Over The Rainbow," and "My Blue Heaven". Vulcan Records released On The Rock two years later. They switched to Polydor Records, releasing Live At The Roundhouse in 1978. Polydor released Maka the same year. Three more albums followed: Freedom Street, Reggaebility, and On The Rock Part 2. After the last of these, in 1983, they didn't surface again until 1995 when Lagoon Records released People Say, and Reggae Time, both compilations of earlier albums, followed by The Best Of The Cimarons, released in 1999 on Culture Press. Reedy and Dunn continue to perform as The Cimarons. (Read more at Wikipedia.)
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Festive Fifty Entries
- Two sessions. No known commercial release.
- Tradition / Dim The Lights /You Can't Beat Us
- Rock Against Racialism / Civilisation / Reggae Rockin'
Other Shows Played
- 08 December 1975: Tradition (single) Talent
- 03 September 1976: Hear Talk Of Inflation (LP - On The Rock) Vulcan
- 11 September 1978: Loosenin' Out - Willin' (Rock Against Racism) (album - Maka) Polydor 2383 512
- 29 March 1978: Reggae Rhapsody (LP - Live At The Roundhouse) Polydor
- 20 September 1978: The Word (album - Maka) Polydor 2383 512
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