Clement “Coxsone” Dodd sowed the seed that became the roots of the development of Jamaican music. Clement Seymour Dodd has been the beneficiary of countless honours praises and awards even receiving the Jamaica Order of Distinction, the third highest honour given by the Jamaican government for his contributions to Jamaica's Music Industry first as a sound system operator and proprietor, the man who went on to own the first self sufficient recording studio in Jamaica where he made his name as producer of Studio One Recordings creating a record label that became famous the world over as the Studio One Sound!
Coxsone career in music span over six decades, having set a daunting and imposing standard of imaginative brilliance that played a primary influential role in moulding the Jamaican music industry that gained fame and global embracement! Clement Seymour Dodd was born in Kingston, Jamaica WI. on the 26th January 1932 to Mr Mrs Benjamin Dodd, Liquor store owners; father was a building contractor. While attending the All Saints school in Kingston he was moniker with the name of Coxsone, due to his dexterity in the field as an all-round cricketer!
Coxsone an Englishman was quite a brilliant batsman for the well renown Yorkshire cricket team during the early 1940s. Seymour Clement Dodd had a brief spell when only seventeen gained a farm working contract as a cane cutter in the USA. Seymour Clement Dodd became well hip on the music he heard where Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, Be-Bop and Swing was quite popular at rented parties and open air venues in America. Coxsone Dodd took the idealism back to Jamaica!