A pioneering music label, which fueled the global appreciation of reggae music, has been commemorated with a blue plaque in west London.
The prestigious sign was recently unveiled outside Peckings Records in Shepherds Bush, a hub for promoting reggae music and its artists for almost 50 years.
The name of George ‘Peckings’ Price, the label’s founder, is inscribed on the plaque. The Kingston, Jamaica entrepreneur came to London in 1960 and within a short time was distributing ska and reggae music to respected sound systems including Coxsone, Jah Shaka and Hawkeye.
Over a career spanning nearly 60 years, Price not only engendered a love for Jamaican music in London, but also around the world, including countries like Mexico and Japan.
Addressed exclusively to The weekly gleaner, Chris Price, George’s son, described the family’s reaction to the recognition.
He said: “The family is overwhelmed by the commemoration of my father’s record company. Anyone who visits the store can see the plague and where the development of reggae music began in London in the 1960s.
“Peckings Records grew slowly as it worked with artists such as Coxsone, Prince Buster and Duke Reed. Dad also helped and encouraged young deejays (DJs) by teaching them the history of reggae music and sound systems.
“He was instrumental in launching the careers of top DJs like David Rodigan and Daddy C.
“Famous rock and punk bands, including The Who, The Clash and Sex Pistols, bought records from the store. But reggae enthusiasts came from France, Berlin, Mexico and Japan to buy music from my father. He created a great legacy.
George Price died in 1994. Since ‘Peckings’ death, the label and shop have been run by his four sons, who have worked together to release 100 records and albums. In 2013, the company received the Best Label and Producer award at the British Reggae Industry Awards.
British DJ David Rodigan MBE, described Price’s accomplishments recently in The voicea newspaper read by the Afro-Caribbean community in Britain.
He said: “George Price has made an immeasurable contribution to the evolution of Jamaican music in London with his tireless passion and enthusiasm for promoting the music of Studio One, a catalog unlike any other. For this, and more, we all owe Peckings a huge debt of love and respect.
The blue plaque was installed by the Nubian Jak Community Trust, which promotes the historic contributions of black people in the UK.