Trojan Records is known as reggae's Motown and had a huge hand in introducing Jamaican music to the British public.

In it's hey-day of the late 60's to the mid 70's, Trojan chalked up nearly 30 hit singles, released the legendary Tighten Up compilation series, and launched Jamaican acts in the UK such as Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Bob and Marica, and Dave and Ansel Collins.

The huge volume of records they released in this period made the name Trojan synonymous with classic rocksteady and reggae cuts.

In 1970 alone, Trojan released 500 singles, selling over 1.5 million records.

This two part documentary tells not just the story of Trojan Records, but also reveals how Jamaican music arrived in the UK.

Discover how it all began with Duke Reid's Trojan sound system in Jamaica, and how the influx of young Jamaicans into post-war Britain kickstarted a reggae scene in the UK.

Find out how the British skinheads then made ska and reggae popular in the British charts (when the BBC wasn't listening!) and how the music adapted to UK tastes to become number one sellers.

We reveal why the whole empire inexplicably came crashing down too, only for punk and Two-Tone to give it a resurgence, helping confirm Trojan as one of the coolest and most important labels for reggae music.

With contributions from Ken Boothe, Bunny Lee, BB Seaton, Derrick Harriot, Dandy Livingstone, John Holt, Ansel Collins, Rico Rodriguez, Bob Andy, Derrick Morgan and many more.

Presented by film maker, actor, musican and reggae nut Don Letts.

Grammy award winning film maker and DJ Don Letts tells the story of how Trojan Records came to be the world's most loved reggae label.

It's a story that begins in Kingston, Jamaica in the late 1950s where Arthur 'Duke' Reid reigned as King of the Sound-systems, taking his music all over the island in his Trojan truck.

In the 1960s record producers reigned supreme and the Jamaican music industry evolved from its early Calypso beginnings into its distinct rhythmic style, producing the Ska and Rocksteady beat.


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Don Letts tells the story of the influential UK-based record label that helped Jamaican music reach a wider audience. First broadcast in 2006, it's repeated as 6 Music Celebrates: Dance Culture.
Trojan Records is known as reggae's Motown and had a huge hand in introducing Jamaican music to the British public. In its hey-day of the late 60s to the mid-70s, Trojan chalked up nearly 30 hit singles, released the legendary Tighten Up compilation series and launched Jamaican acts in the UK such as Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Bob and Marica, and Dave and Ansel Collins. The huge volume of records they released in this period made the name Trojan synonymous with classic rocksteady and reggae cuts. In 1970 alone, Trojan released 500 singles, selling over 1.5 million records.
This series tells not just the story of Trojan Records, but also reveals how Jamaican music arrived in the UK. Discover how it all began with Duke Reid's Trojan sound system in Jamaica, and how the influx of young Jamaicans into post-war Britain kick-started a reggae scene in the UK.
Find out how the British skinheads then made ska and reggae popular in the British charts (when the BBC wasn't listening!) and how the music adapted to UK tastes to become number one sellers.
We also reveal why the whole empire inexplicably came crashing down too, only for punk and Two-Tone to give it a resurgence, helping confirm Trojan as one of the coolest and most important labels for reggae music.
With contributions from Ken Boothe, Bunny Lee, BB Seaton, Derrick Harriot, Dandy Livingstone, John Holt, Ansel Collins, Rico Rodriguez, Bob Andy, Derrick Morgan and many more.
Don Letts tells the story of the influential UK-based Trojan record label.
Don Letts celebrates the influential UK-based record label.
Tighten Up - The Story of Trojan Records (part 1 of 4) Don Letts presents the first of a four part series celebrating the influential UK-based record label that helped Jamaican music reach a wider audience.
Trojan Records is known as reggae's Motown and had a huge hand in introducing Jamaican music to the British public.
In it's hey-day of the late 60's to the mid 70's, Trojan chalked up nearly 30 hit singles, released the legendary Tighten Up compilation series, and launched Jamaican acts in the UK such as Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Bob and Marica, and Dave and Ansel Collins.
The huge volume of records they released in this period made the name Trojan synonymous with classic rocksteady and reggae cuts.
In 1970 alone, Trojan released 500 singles, selling over 1.5 million records.
This series tells not just the story of Trojan Records, but also reveals how Jamaican music arrived in the UK.
Discover how it all began with Duke Reid's Trojan sound system in Jamaica, and how the influx of young Jamaicans into post-war Britain kickstarted a reggae scene in the UK.
We reveal why the whole empire inexplicably came crashing down too, only for punk and Two-Tone to give it a resurgence, helping confirm Trojan as one of the coolest and most important labels for reggae music.
Presented by Don Letts and first broadcast in 2006.
6M0120130323 Don Letts tells the story of the influential UK-based Trojan record label.
Don Letts tells the story of the influential UK-based record label that helped Jamaican music reach a wider audience.
Trojan Records is known as reggae's Motown and had a huge hand in introducing Jamaican music to the British public. In its hey-day of the late 60s to the mid-70s, Trojan chalked up nearly 30 hit singles, released the legendary Tighten Up compilation series and launched Jamaican acts in the UK such as Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Bob and Marica, and Dave and Ansel Collins. The huge volume of records they released in this period made the name Trojan synonymous with classic rocksteady and reggae cuts. In 1970 alone, Trojan released 500 singles, selling over 1.5 million records.
This series tells not just the story of Trojan Records, but also reveals how Jamaican music arrived in the UK. Discover how it all began with Duke Reid's Trojan sound system in Jamaica, and how the influx of young Jamaicans into post-war Britain kick-started a reggae scene in the UK.
Find out how the British skinheads then made ska and reggae popular in the British charts (when the BBC wasn't listening!) and how the music adapted to UK tastes to become number one sellers.
We also reveal why the whole empire inexplicably came crashing down too, only for punk and Two-Tone to give it a resurgence, helping confirm Trojan as one of the coolest and most important labels for reggae music.
With contributions from Ken Boothe, Bunny Lee, BB Seaton, Derrick Harriot, Dandy Livingstone, John Holt, Ansel Collins, Rico Rodriguez, Bob Andy, Derrick Morgan and many more.
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Don Letts continues the story of the influential UK-based record label that helped Jamaican music reach a wider audience. Repeated for 6 Music Celebrates Dance Culture.
Trojan Records is known as reggae's Motown and had a huge hand in introducing Jamaican music to the British public. In it's hey-day of the late 60's to the mid 70's, Trojan chalked up nearly 30 hit singles, released the legendary Tighten Up compilation series and launched Jamaican acts in the UK such as Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Bob and Marica, and Dave and Ansel Collins. The huge volume of records they released in this period made the name Trojan synonymous with classic rocksteady and reggae cuts. In 1970 alone, Trojan released 500 singles, selling over 1.5 million records.
This series tells not just the story of Trojan Records, but also reveals how Jamaican music arrived in the UK. Discover how it all began with Duke Reid's Trojan sound system in Jamaica, and how the influx of young Jamaicans into post-war Britain kickstarted a reggae scene in the UK. Find out how the British skinheads then made ska and reggae popular in the British charts (when the BBC wasn't listening!) and how the music adapted to UK tastes to become number one sellers. We reveal why the whole empire inexplicably came crashing down too, only for punk and Two-Tone to give it a resurgence, helping confirm Trojan as one of the coolest and most important labels for reggae music.
With contributions from Ken Boothe, Bunny Lee, BB Seaton, Derrick Harriot, Dandy Livingstone, John Holt, Ansel Collins, Rico Rodriguez, Bob Andy, Derrick Morgan and many more.
Presented by Don Letts and first broadcast in 2006.
Don Letts continues the story of the influential UK-based Trojan record label.

Don Letts continues his series celebrating the influential UK-based record label.
Tighten Up - The Story of Trojan Records (part 2 of 4) Don Letts continues his series celebrating the influential UK-based record label that helped Jamaican music reach a wider audience.
Trojan Records is known as reggae's Motown and had a huge hand in introducing Jamaican music to the British public.
In it's hey-day of the late 60's to the mid 70's, Trojan chalked up nearly 30 hit singles, released the legendary Tighten Up compilation series, and launched Jamaican acts in the UK such as Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Bob and Marica, and Dave and Ansel Collins.
The huge volume of records they released in this period made the name Trojan synonymous with classic rocksteady and reggae cuts.
In 1970 alone, Trojan released 500 singles, selling over 1.5 million records.
6M02 LAST20130324 Don Letts continues the story of the influential UK-based Trojan record label.
Don Letts continues the story of the influential UK-based record label that helped Jamaican music reach a wider audience.
Trojan Records is known as reggae's Motown and had a huge hand in introducing Jamaican music to the British public. In it's hey-day of the late 60's to the mid 70's, Trojan chalked up nearly 30 hit singles, released the legendary Tighten Up compilation series and launched Jamaican acts in the UK such as Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Bob and Marica, and Dave and Ansel Collins. The huge volume of records they released in this period made the name Trojan synonymous with classic rocksteady and reggae cuts. In 1970 alone, Trojan released 500 singles, selling over 1.5 million records.
This series tells not just the story of Trojan Records, but also reveals how Jamaican music arrived in the UK. Discover how it all began with Duke Reid's Trojan sound system in Jamaica, and how the influx of young Jamaicans into post-war Britain kickstarted a reggae scene in the UK. Find out how the British skinheads then made ska and reggae popular in the British charts (when the BBC wasn't listening!) and how the music adapted to UK tastes to become number one sellers. We reveal why the whole empire inexplicably came crashing down too, only for punk and Two-Tone to give it a resurgence, helping confirm Trojan as one of the coolest and most important labels for reggae music.
With contributions from Ken Boothe, Bunny Lee, BB Seaton, Derrick Harriot, Dandy Livingstone, John Holt, Ansel Collins, Rico Rodriguez, Bob Andy, Derrick Morgan and many more.
First broadcast in 2006.
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Don Letts continues the story of the influential UK-based Trojan record label.
Don Letts continues the story of the influential UK-based record label that helped Jamaican music reach a wider audience. Repeated for 6 Music Celebrates Dance Culture.
Trojan Records is known as reggae's Motown and had a huge hand in introducing Jamaican music to the British public. In it's hey-day of the late 60's to the mid 70's, Trojan chalked up nearly 30 hit singles, released the legendary Tighten Up compilation series and launched Jamaican acts in the UK such as Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Bob and Marica, and Dave and Ansel Collins. The huge volume of records they released in this period made the name Trojan synonymous with classic rocksteady and reggae cuts. In 1970 alone, Trojan released 500 singles, selling over 1.5 million records.
This series tells not just the story of Trojan Records, but also reveals how Jamaican music arrived in the UK. Discover how it all began with Duke Reid's Trojan sound system in Jamaica, and how the influx of young Jamaicans into post-war Britain kickstarted a reggae scene in the UK. Find out how the British skinheads then made ska and reggae popular in the British charts (when the BBC wasn't listening!) and how the music adapted to UK tastes to become number one sellers. We reveal why the whole empire inexplicably came crashing down too, only for punk and Two-Tone to give it a resurgence, helping confirm Trojan as one of the coolest and most important labels for reggae music.
With contributions from Ken Boothe, Bunny Lee, BB Seaton, Derrick Harriot, Dandy Livingstone, John Holt, Ansel Collins, Rico Rodriguez, Bob Andy, Derrick Morgan and many more.
Presented by Don Letts and first broadcast in 2006.

Don Letts continues his series celebrating the influential UK-based record label.
Tighten Up - The Story of Trojan Records (part 3 of 4) Don Letts continues his series celebrating the influential UK-based record label that helped Jamaican music reach a wider audience.
Trojan Records is known as reggae's Motown and had a huge hand in introducing Jamaican music to the British public.
In it's hey-day of the late 60's to the mid 70's, Trojan chalked up nearly 30 hit singles, released the legendary Tighten Up compilation series, and launched Jamaican acts in the UK such as Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Bob and Marica, and Dave and Ansel Collins.
The huge volume of records they released in this period made the name Trojan synonymous with classic rocksteady and reggae cuts.
In 1970 alone, Trojan released 500 singles, selling over 1.5 million records.
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20120420
Don Letts concludes the story of the influential UK-based Trojan record label.
Don Letts concludes the story of the influential UK-based record label that helped Jamaican music reach a wider audience. Repeated for 6 Music Celebrates Dance Culture.
Trojan Records is known as reggae's Motown and had a huge hand in introducing Jamaican music to the British public. In it's hey-day of the late 60's to the mid 70's, Trojan chalked up nearly 30 hit singles, released the legendary Tighten Up compilation series and launched Jamaican acts in the UK such as Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Bob and Marica, and Dave and Ansel Collins. The huge volume of records they released in this period made the name Trojan synonymous with classic rocksteady and reggae cuts. In 1970 alone, Trojan released 500 singles, selling over 1.5 million records.
This series tells not just the story of Trojan Records, but also reveals how Jamaican music arrived in the UK. Discover how it all began with Duke Reid's Trojan sound system in Jamaica, and how the influx of young Jamaicans into post-war Britain kickstarted a reggae scene in the UK. Find out how the British skinheads then made ska and reggae popular in the British charts (when the BBC wasn't listening!) and how the music adapted to UK tastes to become number one sellers. We reveal why the whole empire inexplicably came crashing down too, only for punk and Two-Tone to give it a resurgence, helping confirm Trojan as one of the coolest and most important labels for reggae music.
With contributions from Ken Boothe, Bunny Lee, BB Seaton, Derrick Harriot, Dandy Livingstone, John Holt, Ansel Collins, Rico Rodriguez, Bob Andy, Derrick Morgan and many more.
Presented by Don Letts and first broadcast in 2006.

Don Letts concludes his look at the influential UK-based record label.
Tighten Up - The Story of Trojan Records (part 4 of 4) Don Letts concludes his series celebrating the influential UK-based record label that helped Jamaican music reach a wider audience.
Trojan Records is known as reggae's Motown and had a huge hand in introducing Jamaican music to the British public.
In it's hey-day of the late 60's to the mid 70's, Trojan chalked up nearly 30 hit singles, released the legendary Tighten Up compilation series, and launched Jamaican acts in the UK such as Jimmy Cliff, John Holt, Ken Boothe, Bob and Marica, and Dave and Ansel Collins.
The huge volume of records they released in this period made the name Trojan synonymous with classic rocksteady and reggae cuts.
In 1970 alone, Trojan released 500 singles, selling over 1.5 million records.
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R202 LAST20060701 Grammy award winning film maker and DJ Don Letts tells the story of how Trojan Records came to be the world's most loved reggae label.
It's a story that begins in Kingston, Jamaica in the late 1950s where Arthur 'Duke' Reid reigned as King of the Sound-systems, taking his music all over the island in his Trojan truck.
In the 1960s record producers reigned supreme and the Jamaican music industry evolved from its early Calypso beginnings into its distinct rhythmic style, producing the Ska and Rocksteady beat.

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  • Documentaries
  • Classic Pop & Rock
  • Music
  • Reggae
  • Soul & Reggae

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  • Programme ID: b01g870s

Trivia

  • The series was originally listed as "Tighten Up - Story Of Trojan Records"
  • It was first broadcast on Radio 2 in two parts, each an hour long; the 6Music repeat was four half-hour episodes (and I need a better way of putting that into the listings so I don't have to keep writing something to explain the odd count).

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