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Baba Brooks


b. Oswald Brooks, c.1935, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies. When there is a lack of R&B noises from the USA in the past due 50s, the audio system guys enrolled the providers of musicians who record their very own tunes. Several recordings had been jazz-orientated and highlighted a horn section to check the shuffling defeat. Baba Brooks performed trumpet and in the first 60s acquired his own music group, whose recordings included the celebratory ‘Self-reliance Ska’, commemorating Jamaica’s independence from colonialism in 1962. Both ‘Bus Hit’ and ‘Musical Workshop’ had been strikes in 1964. His music group was also observed because of its rendition of ‘Distant Drums’, which acquired the distinction to be the debut discharge for Philip and Justin Yap’s recently formed Best Deck label. In addition to providing support on several early ska strikes, including ‘Operate Joe’ with Stranger Cole and ‘Cent Reel’ with Eric Morris, the music group released the traditional ‘Weapons Fever’, documented at Studio room One in Brentford Street in 1965. His 1966 instrumental strike ‘Ruler Size’ were a ska interpretation of ‘Makin’ Whoopee’ and originally surfaced because the b-side towards the Saints’ ‘Dark brown Eye’. In 1967 he came back towards the frantic speed of his 1965 strike with ‘One Eyed Large’, which presented a ‘chika chika’ vocal audio and which each participant performed a jazzy single. Other strikes included ‘Teenage Ska’, ‘River TOWARDS THE Standard bank’ and ‘Ball Of Open fire’. His documenting of ‘Chang Kai Examine’ provided the building blocks of several reggae strikes. His band continuing to try out on sessions before early 70s.

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Full Name Baba Brooks
Music Songs Guns Fever, Portrait of My Love, Girls Town Ska, Shank I Sheck, Independence Ska, One Eyed Giant, Teenage Ska, Country Town, Musical Communion, Strongman Sampson, Bank To Bank, First Session, Dreadnaught, Lucky Seven, Seven Guns Alive, Nuclear Weapon, River Bank, Pt. 1, River to Bank, Watermelon Man, Five O'Clock Whistle, King Size, Baby Elephant Walk, Magnificent Ska, Distant Drums, Shock Resistant, River to the Bank, Night Food, Special Event, Jordan River, The Clock, The Scratch, Samson

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1 Was the first civilian woman to travel to the Pacific theater of war during World War II on a USO tour.
2 Engaged at one time to Cary Grant.
3 Also known as the "Ipana Girl" because of the magazine ads she appeared in.
4 Baptismal godfather to Brooks's elder son was a certain 'John F. Kennedy'.
5 Modelled for artists James Montgomery Flagg, Bradshaw Crandall, McClelland Barclay and others.



Suspense 1952 TV Series Marjorie Standish
The Unseen 1945 Maxine
High Powered 1945 Marian Blair
Dangerous Passage 1944 Nita Paxton
Wilson 1944 Granddaughter (uncredited)
Lady in the Dark 1944 Allison DuBois
Hi'ya, Sailor 1943 Nanette
Silver Spurs 1943 Mary Hardigan
No Place for a Lady 1943 Dolly Adair
The Shanghai Gesture 1941 The Chorus Girl
The Flying Squad 1940 Ann Perryman
Slightly Honorable 1939 Sarilla Cushing
Lucky to Me 1939 Pamela Stuart
Charlie Chan in Reno 1939 Vivian Wells
Charlie Chan in Honolulu 1938 Judy Hayes
Up the River 1938 Helen Lindsay
Straight Place and Show 1938 Barbara 'Babs' Drake
Little Miss Broadway 1938 Barbara Shea
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm 1938 Lola Lee
Walking Down Broadway 1938 Vicki Stone
City Girl 1938 Ellen Ward
In Old Chicago 1937 Ann Colby
Ali Baba Goes to Town 1937 Phyllis Brooks - at Premiere (uncredited)
Sunday Night at the Trocadero 1937 Short Phyllis Brooks (uncredited)
Dangerously Yours 1937 Valerie Barton
You Can't Have Everything 1937 Evelyn Moore
Follow the Fleet 1936 Minor Role (uncredited)
Two in the Dark 1936 Undetermined Role (unconfirmed)
Foolish Hearts 1935 Short Gloria Seabury / Jeanette Hardwick
To Beat the Band 1935 Rowena
Another Face 1935 Sheila Barry
Lady Tubbs 1935 Debutante (uncredited)
McFadden's Flats 1935 Mary Ellis Hall
I've Been Around 1935 Gay Blackstone
The Man Who Reclaimed His Head 1934 Secretary (uncredited)
Strange Wives 1934 The Actress
One Exciting Adventure 1934 Minor Role (uncredited)



Hi'ya, Sailor 1943 performer: "Hi'Ya Sailor", "So, Goodnight", "Just a Dream Ago", "Just a Step Away from Heaven"
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm 1938 performer: "Happy Endings", "Alone with You"



Screen Snapshots Series 18, No. 4 1938 Documentary short Herself

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