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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Gladstone Anderson (18 June 1934 - 3 December 2015), also known by his nickname "Gladdy", was a Jamaican pianist, keyboard player, and singer, who played a major part in the island's musical history, playing a key role in defining the ska sound and the rocksteady beat, and playing on hundreds of recordings as a session musician, a solo artist, and as leader of Gladdy's All Stars, featuring bassist Jackie Jackson, drummer Winston Grennan, guitarist Hux Brown, and keyboardist Winston Wright. As Harry J All Stars the band had a massive hit in Jamaica and United Kingdom with the instrumental song "The Liquidator" 1969 (and 1980!).


  • Glad Sounds (1968), Bigshot (Gladdy with Lynn Taitt & the Jets)
  • It May Sound Silly (1972), Moodisc/Ashanti
  • Glady Unlimited (1977), Moodisc
  • Sings Songs For Today and Tomorrow (1982), Jahmani
  • Radical Dub Session (1982), Solid Groove - credited to The Roots Radics Featuring Gladstone Anderson
  • Don't Look Back (1985) Overheat
  • Caribbean Breeze (1989) Overheat
  • Get Closer (1989) NEC Avenue
  • Peace Pipe Dub (1993) Seven Leaves
  • Piano In Harmony (1994) Overheat
  • Gladdy's Double Score(2010) Overheat
  • Forever Dub vol 1 (1994) Roots

With Herbie Mann

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