Sid Bucknor has passed away.

The Jamaican music industry has lost another pioneer. Sid Bucknor (real name Norman Bucknor) passed away 9th May 2010 at 14:05. He died of cancer at the St Charles Hospital, Ladbroke Grove, London UK.

A VERY TALENTED AND GREAT STUDIO ENGINEER, PRODUCER AND SONGWRITER.

There's no doubt that anyone familiar with the history of Jamaican popular music will admit that Sid Bucknor (a cousin on Coxsone Dodd's father's side) was a giant in the music business. As a studio engineer, producer and songwriter he was instrumental in the development of the Jamaican music sound... Ska, Rocksteady and Reggae. He helped to shape the sound of the music alongside the musicians of the time and pioneered new ways and techniques of capturing the feel and spirit of the music. His contributions to Jamaican music cannot be overlooked. Much of its overwhelming success can be directly attributed to his creative genius and pioneering style.

He was also a very patient teacher, and was always happy to pass on his knowledge and skills to anyone wishing to learn. One of the people he trained during his work at the board of Coxsone Dodd's Studio One in the mid-60s was singer/producer Enos McLeod. In the first half of the 1960s he worked as a resident engineer at Duke Reid's Treasure Isle studio. Because it was a prolific time at Treasure Isle, Sid Bucknor was involved in the creation of many Ska hits of the time. In the late 1960s he worked extensively with producer Rupie Edwards and in fact it was Sid Bucknor who transferred the tracks featured on the compilation "Rupie's Scorchers - Classic Early Success Productions 1969-71" from the original master tapes to DAT.

Besides being resident engineer at Treasure Isle Studio and the legendary Studio One he also worked at Dynamics Studio, Federal Studio, Harry J Studios, Randys Studio, King Tubbys, Joe Gibbs Studio, and Channel One. The latter was built on Maxfield Avenue in 1972 by the Hookim brothers, who had moved into recording from jukebox and gambling machine distribution. By 1973 the studio was operational, with Sid Bucknor in charge of recording, assisted by Ernest Hookim. "Don't Give Up the Fight" by Stranger & Gladdy was the first release on the Channel One label engineered by Sid Bucknor.

Sid Bucknor worked with all of the greats in the Jamaican music industry. He recorded and mixed the "Natty Dread" album for Bob Marley & The Wailers. During his long and illustrious career he also recorded, mixed or produced all of the other Jamaican greats: Toots & The Maytals, Desmond Dekker, Big Youth, Alton Ellis, BB Seaton, Ken Boothe, John Holt, Bob Andy and lots more, the list is endless. The same goes for the producers he worked for: Duke Reid, Coxsone Dodd, Rupie Edwards, Clancy Eccles, Glen Brown, Lloyd Charmers, Harry Mudie, Winston "Niney" Holness, Joe Gibbs, Bunny Lee just to name a few.

When he immigrated to England in the 1970s he continued to spread the sound of Reggae music. He worked at Island's Basing Street Studios, Chalk Farm Studio, BBMC Studio, Hackney Community College Studio, Tony King Studio, Odessa studio and lots more.

Sid Bucknor, along with Sylvan Morris, was the honoured as engineer at The JARIA Inaugural Honour Awards ceremony held on March 1st 2009, at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston JA.

Sources: Cecil Smith, Roots Archives.
Sid Bucknor
?-2010




    SELECTIVE DISCOGRAPHY:

    Productions:

  • B.B. Seaton - Dancing Shoes (1974)
  • Creation Rebel - Dub From Creation (1978)

    Albums engineered by Sid Bucknor:

    As Mixing Engineer

  • Bob Marley & Wailers - Natty Dread (1974)
  • Cedric Myton & Congos - Face The Music (1981)
  • Dave & Ansel Collins - In The Ghetto (1975)
  • Dennis Brown - Some Like It Hot (197X)
  • Ernest Wilson - Love Revolution (1986)
  • Keith Hudson - From One Extreme To Another (1979)
  • Keith Hudson - Torch Of Freedom (1975)
  • Prince Far I - Cry Freedom Dub (1980-83)
  • Zap Pow - Revolutionary Zap Pow (1971)

    As Recording Engineer

  • Cimarons - In Time (1974)
  • Derrick Harriott & Crystalites - For A Fistful of Dollars (197X)
  • Ika Black - Special Love (1979-85)
  • King Tubby & Aggrovators - Shalom Dub (1975)
  • Various Artists - Life Goes In Circles (1974-79)

    As Engineer

  • Alton Ellis - Get Ready For Rock Reggae Steady (1967-74)
  • Alton Ellis & Heptones - Mr Ska Bean'a (1980)
  • Augustus Pablo - Authentic Golden Melodies (1974-79)
  • B.B. Seaton - Dancing Shoes (1974)
  • Big Youth - Screaming Target (1972)
  • Blackstones - Insight (1979)
  • Bob Marley & Wailers - Wail'n Soul'm Singles Selecta (196X)
  • Byron Lee - Reggae Hot Shots (1970-71)
  • Cimarons - Live At Roundhouse, London (1977)
  • Clancy Eccles - Joshua's Rod Of Correction (1967-83)
  • Clancy Eccles - Nyah Reggae Rock (1969-70)
  • Delroy Wilson - Better Must Come .... One Day (1970-73)
  • Dennis Alcapone - King Of The Track (1974)
  • Dennis Brown - Some Like It Hot (197X)
  • Derrick Harriott - 14 Chart Buster Hits (1973)
  • Derrick Harriott - The Sensational Derrick Harriott Sings Rock Steady Reggae (196X-7X)
  • Dynamites - The Wild Reggae Bunch (1967-71)
  • Eddie 'Tan Tan' Thornton - Musical Nostalgia For Today (1981)
  • Gladstone Anderson & Mudies All Stars - It May Sound Silly (1972)
  • Glen Brown - The Way To Mount Zion (1969-76)
  • Glen Brown & King Tubby - Termination Dub (1973-79)
  • Harry Mudie & King Tubby - Harry Mudie Meet King Tubby's In Dub Conference Vol 1 (1976)
  • Heptones - The Original Heptones (1976)
  • Hopeton Lewis - Grooving Out Of Life (1971)
  • Ijahman & Madge - I Do (1986)
  • John Holt - Still In Chains (1971)
  • Johnny B - Time Will Tell (1979)
  • Junior Byles - Jordan (1976)
  • Junior English - Win Some Lose Some (1978)
  • Keith Hudson - Rasta Communication (1978)
  • Keith Hudson - Too Expensive (1976)
  • Ken Boothe - Everything I Own (1974)
  • Ken Boothe - Groove To The Beat (1963-70)
  • Ken Boothe - The Great Ken Boothe Meets BB Seaton & The Gaylads (1971)
  • King Stitt - Reggae Fire Beat (1969-70)
  • Lloyd Parks - Officially (1972)
  • Martel Robinson - Cool Shady Tree (198X)
  • Max Romeo - Let The Power Fall (1971)
  • Max Romeo - The Many Moods Of Max Romeo (1967-71)
  • Niney - Sledgehammer Dub (1977)
  • Paragons - Silver Jubilee (197X)
  • Ranking Dread - Girls Fiesta (1978)
  • Red Cloud Band - Red Cloud In Dub (198X)
  • Royals - Pick Up The Pieces (1977)
  • Rupie Edwards - Ire Feelings (1975)
  • Rupie Edwards & Various Artists - Hit Picks (1974)
  • Slim Smith - Early Days (196X)
  • Star-Bound - Changes (1977)
  • Tennors - Moods (196X-7X)
  • Tennors - Rock Steady Classics (196X-7X)
  • Trevor Hartley - Innocent Lover (1979)
  • Various Artists - Battle Of The Giants (197X)
  • Various Artists - Down Santic Way (1973-75)
  • Various Artists - Every Mouth Must Be Fed (1973-76)
  • Various Artists - From Chapter To Version (1970-74)
  • Various Artists - From GG's Reggae Hit Stable Vol 1 (1968-73)
  • Various Artists - From GG's Reggae Hit Stable Vol 2 (1969-73)
  • Various Artists - From Matador's Arena Vol 2 (1969-70)
  • Various Artists - From Matador's Arena Vol 3 (1971-79)
  • Various Artists - Nexus Dub (1967-80)
  • Various Artists - Quad Star Revolution (1972)
  • Various Artists - Treasure Isle In Dub (1970-78)
  • Zap Pow - Revolutionary Zap Pow (1971)