Milton Moore came to England in 1964 at the age of 17 straight from Alpha Boys School to join his parents. In the 1980s Milton met up with two Alpharian colleagues, Leroy Horsemouth Wallace and Vin Gordon while they were both on tour here in the UK. This is where Milton’s music producing career began. Horsemouth, Larry Silveria and two members from Aswad laid down some rhythm tracks at the Mad Professor ARIWA recording studio in Gautrey Road, Nunhead, London. From one of these tracks Milton co-wrote a tune called "The Good Sensimania" and became a member of PRS.
Another tune was recorded on this occasion, which was a cover version of the soul tune called "Clean up Woman". These early tunes went out on the Horsemouth Independent Record label, and were distributed by Jet Star and Tent Record Company, owned by Buster Pearson, the father of the group called "Five Star".
In 1984 Milton started his own independent record label called M&M Music. The first record he released on this label was a 12-inch disco entitled "I Wanna Give My Love to You" song by Sugar Minott, which was Milton’s best selling single and reached number 4 in the reggae charts in 1984. In 1988 he recorded his first album with Vin Gordon entitled "The Melody Moods of Vin Gordon", which was recorded at Music Mountain studio in Jamaica. This album was released on vinyl, limited edition only. In the 90s Milton helped to launch the career of female singer Lorna Asher, based in London. He recorded two cover versions with her, "For a Sentimental Reason" and "Extra Classic" which was also a very popular selling record for the M&M Music label. Over the years Milton have worked alongside Tappa Zukie, Tyrone Downey, Jackie Mittoo, and Earl Sixteen.
In 2003 Milton and two other Alpharians, Cottrell Hyatt and Albert Anderson organised a fundraising dance for the Alpha Old Boys Association, which took place in Brixton Town Hall, London.
Tropic Entertainment, Ltd. was founded by Floyd Lloyd in 1970
as a music publishing company that continues to see chart successes worldwide. The company publishes over 500 titles composed and produced by new and veteran artists. A Singer/songwriter, pianist and music publisher Floyd Lloyd Seivright was born in St. Ann, Jamaica. He began his musical career at the age of twelve at the Alpha Boys’ School in Kingston Jamaica.
Over the years, Floyd Lloyd has worked extensively with Rico Rodriquez. Both Rico and renowned Jamaican guitarist Ernest Ranglin are featured on many tracks of Floyd's recent releases, most notably VILLAGE SOUL and MANGO BLUES. VILLAGE SOUL, Tropic's instrumental album, features some of the last known performances of the late vibraphonist Lennie Hibbert.
Floyd Lloyd uniquely fuses the sounds of Ska, Reggae, and jazz like no other artist. On TEAR IT UP: The Ska Album, he recorded with musicians from New Orleans, Jamaica and London, notably The Potato 5, Red Cloud and the New Orleans Jazz Stars creating a natural marriage between New Orleans brass and Jamaican rhythms.
After living in England for 24 years, Floyd is currently residing in New York. As a veteran of Euro-reggae/ska scene, he is established as a prolific singer and composer with hits like the Mighty Diamond's "Sweet lady" and Potato 5's "Big City" and "Jesse Jackson". "Floyd Lloyd and the Potato Five with Laurel Atkin" was the first ska album released on Sony Records in Japan and Asia. As well, he is featured on several compilation albums: Ska Stars of the 80's, This is Reggae Volume 1 & 2, united Colors of Ska and KMP's The Reggae Album.
Floyd Lloyd Seivright was the first West Indian songwriter to be exclusively signed to EMI/KPM Music Publishing, producing reggae songs for use in film and television productions. In the seventies, he founded Tropic Entertainment ltd., a music publishing company that continues to see chart successes worldwide. His catalogue includes Justin Hinds, Lennie Hibbert, Ernest Ranglin, Kareem Baaqi and himself and is administrated by Warner Chappell/Basart in Europe.
Joseph "JO-JO" Bennett officially began his musical career at the age of 10 when he enrolled at Alpha Boys' School in Kingston, Jamaica to begin formal studies in Jazz and the Classics. He began playing the drums but made a voluntary switch soon after to playing the trumpet. He became very proficient in musical theory in general and a long time before graduation he was allowed by the Institution to instruct new arrivals in musical theory and practice.
After graduation he played as lead trumpeter with the Jamaica Military Band for quite a while. His classical music involvement after training was short as JO-JO was being aggressively pursued to perform on the Pop Circuit by the Caribbean leading orchestras. JO-JO Bennett left the Military Band to perform on Jamaica's North Coast but was courted by the island's leading orchestra Byron Lee & the Dragonnaires and he recorded several albums with them before choosing to stay in Canada after the group’s impressive show at Expo 67.
Once settled in Toronto, JO-JO organized his first Canadian performing group called "The Fugitives" whose home base was the West Indian Federation Club in Toronto. In the seventies and eighties Bennett was involved in many musical venture in Canada (Toronto) and was the prime mover behind the establishment of the first (and only) Black controlled music school. At this time instructions in the Reggae music genre was introduced under his tutelage. In 1970 while on hiatus in his homeland Jamaica, Bennett released his first and only album "Groovey Joe" while performing live and doing studio work for numerous record companies.
He had several single disc hits while at home, his most memorable "Leaving Rome" thus establishing his talent on an international level. He returned to Canada in the late seventies and shortly after in 1979 registered his music label "BUNJO". JO-JO Bennett is currently the leader (Guru) of the Toronto based Pop-Reggae band "The Sattalites", a band that is the winner of numerous music awards including a Juno in 1990. A 'rabble-rouser' as he as been dubbed by music critics, this entertainer still has the exuberance and charm of a youth just discovering music. To meet and talk with the veteran off stage however, he provides no insight at all as to his on stage 'rabble rousing', he becomes deeply introverted and on-exhibitionist. If asked about his plans for the future he states "I just take it one day at a time."
In 1991 at the age of 47 Milton became a racehorse owner with the Bray Racing syndicate by purchasing a twelfth share in Hannah’s Usher.
In 1993 Milton decided to take a step further by setting up a racing club for people from the Caribbean, which was featured in the Gleaner, Voice and Weekly Journal newspapers. A profile was done on Milton by BVTV regarding the racing club. It was given full approval by David Pipe, who was then Director of Public Affairs of the Jockey Club. The racing club was launched at the Drover’s Wine Bar in the Old Kent Road, London and was well attended. He also joined the Winning Line syndicate in 1998 with a twelfth share in Master Pilgrim, which was fruitful for him.
In 2000 Milton became a shareholder once again with “In the Know 2 Partnership” when he purchased a twelfth share in King Flyer. This was a very successful investment for Milton as King Flyer proved to be a very decent performer. He won some very good races at Newmarket, Sandown,Yarmouth, and at York where he won his most valuable race in Class C handicap. He also ran in the Ascot Stake handicap (Class C) at the Royal Ascot meeting 2001, which took Milton to Ascot for the first time as an owner.
These are just a few of the who’s who that Milton have met in the racing fraternity:
|UK Jockeys||Jimmy Quinn
|American Jockeys||Jerry Bailey
|Racing Pundit||John McQuerick (Known as Big Mac)|
There will be a more in-depth account of Milton’s journey into the sports of kings to be told Later.
|Milton and Wife
|Milton and Wife
and Syndicate members
|Milton and ‘Big Mac’ John McCrurick
Belmont Park, USA
|Milton and Jerry Bailey
Belmont Park, USA
|Milton with Ascar Ubina
|Milton with Willy Carson
|Milton meeting Jack Berry and his wife
|Milton with Peter Harris
|Milton Receiving the Trophy after King Flyer won
|King Flyer winning the race
|Milton and trainer Venita Williams and Hywell Davies and syndicate members
|Milton after Master Pilgrim wins
|Milton receiving trophy with syndicatge members after King Flyer wins
|Milton and syndicate members in the paddock with King Flyer after his win
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