Toppa Top 10: Reggae’s Ten Greatest Drummers

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April 29, 2014

5. Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace

Perhaps best known today for starring as himself in the lead role of the iconic 1978 film Rockersย — which put the drummer in the spotlight — Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace got his start in music at the Alpha Boys School in Kingston. He later played with various session bands at Studio One, as well as with Burning Spear, The Gladiators, and Inner Circle. He is sometimes credited with the advent of the rockers and steppers drumbeats, i.e. the “four on the floor” sound. If he didn’t develop them, he most definitely plays the groove tighter and harder than most.