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Bunny & Skully - Bunny & Skitter - Dizzy Moore quest

Postby zonard » Thu Jun 08, 2006 10:11 pm

In order to prepare an interview with Zoot “Skully” Simms, Johnny “Dizzy” Moore and Sparrow Martin, and after a few searches on the board, I’ve still a lot of questions fe you baffers :

Zoot “Skully” Simms :

About Bunny & Skully / Bunny & Skitter, here is what I know (or think I know !) please correct me if I’m wrong :

Bunny & Skully :

Bunny is Arthur Robinson
Skully is Noel “Zoot” Simms (also Scully or Mr Foundation)

They first recorded as Simms & Robinson, later as Bunny & Skully.
They are known as the first to record post mento-calypso music in JA (actually R&B) for Dada Tewari in 1953
    Do you think this date is correct? I heard they first recorded for Motta's in 1953
    Anyone heard these tunes already ?

He recorded for Prince Buster in 1963 (any infos ?), solo & with Roy Willis (no Bunny there ?)

Bunny & Skitter :

Who is Bunny / Bonnie ? Someone said that he isn’t Arthur Robinson, but my though is it could be him anyway.
Skitter is Vernon “Babylon” Allen and definitely NOT Zoot Simms
What is the link with George Dudley ?

Skitter released 3 tunes as a solo artist, 2 as Vernon Allen (Babylon & Far I Come), one only as Skitter (Mr Kruschez)

As "Bunny & Skully" and "Bunny & Skitter" recorded for S1 (Worldisc imprint) at the same period. Morover, they were also at Buster's in the "same time".
Do you also think the confusion between the 2 duets starts here ?


Informations to confirm :

Skully is a singer and percussionist, but Skitter is known to have been close to Count Ossie. Is there a confusion ?

Do you have any infos on these tracks (year, prducer...) :

Simms & robinson : I Love You, some say it was for Motta in 53, others for Coxsone in 1960 (Worldisc). Maybe 2 cuts of the same tune ?

1966 : Mr foundation All rudies In Jail / Zoot simms Jailhouse : same tune ?

1972 : African (Coxsone) : different from the African Challenge ?

1976 : any infos on Bunny & Skully with clancy Eccles or Bunny lee (Fat Man) ?

1978 : Beware, Deliverance, Feel all right, Praises (Yabby you) : any infos ?

When ?? :
19?? : Alton & Zoot - Rudy's prer aka Save Me : when ?
197? : Zoot simms - African challenge
197? : Alton & Zoot - Oppression
19?? : It might sound Silly (Coxsone)
19?? : Young Blood (Coxsone)
19?? : Proud mary (Coxsone) with Freedom Singers


Johnny “Dizzy” Moore :

As a foundation member of the Skatalites, do you have some examples of Skatalites tunes where he plays the main solo, or played a “premier role” on composition ?
I heard he is the one behind the Rockfort Rock (actually a cover from R.Hernandez El Cumbanchero).


Sparrow Martin :

I only know he is the Alpha Boys School musical director, but did he record anything as a drummer ?
If you have some more infos on him, feel free to share your knowledge !

Any help would be well appreciated :)
Thanks a lot to you all for your patience & time.
I'll post a Zoot Simms discography next week.
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Postby zonard » Fri Jun 09, 2006 5:47 am

Yes thanks jackie, but my questions came from the reading of these topics + the one about Skitta/Skitter.

I found 2 times that you said Bunny & Skitter were Zoot Simms & George Dudley, but I never read this anywhere.
Could you please tell me the source ?
For me, Chubby is a Prince buster prod. sang by Bunny & Skitter.
I'm more confident saying Skitter is Vernon Allen, but I'm still not sure about who is Bunny (or Bonnie).
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Postby jahkob » Fri Jun 09, 2006 6:05 am

Ehhmm, didnt Dizzy Moore pass away some years back?
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Postby zonard » Fri Jun 09, 2006 7:09 am

No man, Johnnie Moore is still alive !
Justin Hinds, who also played with the JA All Stars passed away last year.
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Postby django » Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:53 am

Sparrow Martin :

I only know he is the Alpha Boys School musical director, but did he record anything as a drummer ?
If you have some more infos on him, feel free to share your knowledge !



Sparrow played on the Wailer Catch A Fire, I think on Stir It Up. I heard this years ago, and later he turned up in the Making Of Catch A Fire which seems to confirm it.
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Postby Steve Lindley » Fri Jun 09, 2006 9:19 am

Johnny "Dizzy" Moore is credited as the main artist on "Sudden Destruction" on UK Ska Beat label
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Postby zonard » Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:56 am

django wrote:Sparrow played on the Wailer Catch A Fire, I think on Stir It Up. I heard this years ago, and later he turned up in the Making Of Catch A Fire which seems to confirm it.


OK !
I'll watch the Making Of again (never noticed that) and I'll try to ask him about that collaboration.
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Postby zonard » Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:59 am

Steve Lindley wrote:Johnny "Dizzy" Moore is credited as the main artist on "Sudden Destruction" on UK Ska Beat label
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Yes, it is the only one with his name listed in Studio One books.
I also found some infos on the "Foundation Ska" set where he plays several solos.
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Postby ReggaeFire » Fri Jun 09, 2006 11:51 am

I don't have them in front of me, but I seem to recall a handful of tracks off the Top Deck series that were credited to Moore.
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Postby zonard » Fri Jun 09, 2006 12:42 pm

ReggaeFire wrote:I don't have them in front of me, but I seem to recall a handful of tracks off the Top Deck series that were credited to Moore.


Possible, as the Skatalites were also produced by Justin Yap.
Unfortunately, I don't have any record from this label credited to Moore (only Skatalites or Don Drummond).
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Postby Jackie Pablo » Fri Jun 09, 2006 4:16 pm

zonard wrote:I found 2 times that you said Bunny & Skitter were Zoot Simms & George Dudley, but I never read this anywhere.
Could you please tell me the source ?

All detail from 7" singles listed in Roger Dalke's "A Scorcha From Studio One" discography.

(page 15)
Bonnie (Zoot) Noel Simms
'Easy To Remember' Studio 1 1961

Bonnie & Skitter (real name George Dudley) - aka Bunny & Skitter
'Ain't Gonna Talk' Worldisc 1959
'Bless You' Worldisc 1959
'Cherry' Worldisc 1959
'Cool Breeze' Worldisc 1961
'Hard Time Baby' Worldisc 1959
'I Need You' Coxsone 1959
'I've Got A Feeling' Worldisc 1961
'King Spinner' Worldisc 1959
'Lollipop Girl' Studio 1 1961
'Lonely Night' Worldisc 1959
'Lonely Night' (reissue) Budget 1959
'Lumumbo' Worldisc 1960
'Rock With Me Baby' Worldisc 1959
'The Wicked' Worldisc 1959
'Trippin' & Sliding' Studio 1 1961
'When The Well Runs Dry' Heartbeat CD 1991

(page 53)
Mr Foundation (aka Scully aka Zoot Simms aka Noel Simms)
'Maga Dog' Muzic City 1970
'Reggae Rumble' Muzic City 1968
'Timo'oh' Muzic City 1968

(page 63)
Simms & Elmond (Noel ‘Scully’ Simms & Arthur Allison)
'Tit For Tat' Muzic City 1968
'We Can Talk It Over' Muzic City 1969

Simms (& Elmond?) & Robinson (aka Bunny)

'Drought' Muzic City 1968
'I Love You' Worldisc 1959
'I’m Crying Over You' Worldisc 1959
'Searching' Supreme 1961
'Tell Me Pretty Baby' Worldisc 1959
'White Christmas' Supreme 1961

(page 64)
Skitter (real name George Dudley)
'Mr Chauffer' Coxsone 1963

(page 76)
Zoot Simms (real name Noel Simms aka Scully)
'All Rudies In Jail' Studio 1 1967
'African' Studio 1 1973
'African Challenge' Studio 1 19??
'Bless Him When The Time Comes' Studio 1 1971
'Bye Bye' Studio 1 1968
'I Am In Love' Studio 1 19??
'If' Wimpex 1970
'Right Time' Muzic City 19??
'See Dem A Come' Studio 1 1967
'Small Garden' Coxsone 1972
'Take It Cool' Coxsone 1967
'Tit For Tat' Muzic City 1969

Zoot Simms & Eric Morris
'Golden Pen' Coxsone 1963

listed in another Coxsone discography -
Zoot Simms & Freedom Singers
'Proud Mary' Coxsone 19??

Good luck with sorting this lot out zonard!
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Postby zonard » Fri Jun 09, 2006 5:34 pm

Many thanks Jackie !
I'll spend a few hours on this !!

Roger Dalke claims Skitter is George Dudley, but others says Vernon Allen....
A lot of Bunny & Skitter tunes were released on Worldisc and Vernon Allen is credited on several Worldisc tunes...
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Re: Bunny & Skully - Bunny & Skitter - Dizzy Moore q

Postby Jackie Pablo » Sat Jun 10, 2006 1:01 pm

zonard wrote:In order to prepare an interview with Zoot “Skully” Simms, Johnny “Dizzy” Moore and Sparrow Martin, and after a few searches on the board, I’ve still a lot of questions fe you baffers :

Sparrow Martin :

I only know he is the Alpha Boys School musical director, but did he record anything as a drummer ?
If you have some more infos on him, feel free to share your knowledge !


http://tinyurl.com/zje74

http://www.mmguide.musicmatch.com/album ... ID=1456074
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Postby ephteeay » Sat Jun 10, 2006 1:10 pm

some very useful information: lumumbo is the greatest studio 1 tune ever recorded
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