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Rosco Gordon, 1928-2002

Tony Russell, The Guardian, 18 August 2002

THE AMERICAN singer and pianist Rosco Gordon, who has died aged 74, was an obscure but influential figure, less in his own idiom of rhythm & blues than in the antecedents of reggae. When his recording 'No More Doggin'' was first heard in Jamaica in the late 1950s, musicians recognised the creator of that lopsided rhythm, with its lift on the offbeat, as a kindred spirit.

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