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Widely regarded as the fathers of ska and modern reggae, the Skatalites have had a tumultous career in the spotlight. The 10 original members of the group began playing together in 1955, recording their first LP Ska Authentic in 1964. Composed of piano, trumpet, trombone, tuba, and saxophone, the Skatalite's incorporated jazz, swing and Latin rhythm into their music. In 1965, trombonist and composer, Don Drummond, was charged with the murder of his girlfriend and remanded to an asylum and the group disbanded that year. In 1983, they reformed to perform at Reggae Sunsplash festival in Montego Bay, after which they began touring around the US and Europe. After over 50 years, 15 albums, and the deaths of five of its original members, the Skatalites are still very much alive, proving that, not only are they masters of their genre, but they gave birth to it.