Chris Blackwell Biography
Birthday: June 22, 1937 (Cancer)
Born In: Westminster, London, England
Chris Blackwell is an English businessman and former record producer. He is the founder of Island records, which is one of Britain’s greatest independent labels. He had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, and according to them, he is “the single person most responsible for turning the world on to reggae music." Blackwell was born in Westminster, England. He spent his childhood in Jamaica. Later, he returned to England to continue his education at Harrow. It was during his early twenties that he formed Island Records with a startup investment provided by his parents. He began popularizing Jamaican music. His first song to be produced in the Jamaican style “ska” was a cover of the 1956 Barbie Gaye song ‘My Boy Lollypop’. His business eventually grew and became one of the most successful labels of the 1960s and beyond. Over the course of his career, he has worked with artistes such as Nirvana, King Crimson and Robert Palmer.