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Winston Blake

Winston “Merritone” Blake OD (19 November 1940 – 27 February 2016) was a Jamaican sound system operator, record producer, nightclub owner, promoter, and occasional recording artist, working under the pseudonyms Blake Boy and Judge Winchester.

He was born in Morant Bay, Saint Thomas, Jamaica, the youngest of four brothers, and attended Kingston College. Their mother died when Winston was young, and their father, Val Blake, began supplementing his income by selling radios and amplifiers, establishing his Mighty Merritone sound system in 1950. After Val Blake died in 1956, Winston and his brothers Trevor, Tyrone, and Monte began operating the sound system, and increasingly started competing with the larger sound systems from Kingston. The four Blake brothers moved to Kingston in 1962, and the popularity of Merritone grew, developing a reputation for being able to cater for all social classes.


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