MEMPHIS COLLECTORS EDITION
Memphis Collectors Edition Records was a DIY label. It managed one single. It issued singles in an MEM-000 numerical series. The Folkes Brothers were a Jamaican reggae group, composed of John, Mico, and Junior Folkes. Their 1960 single "Oh Carolina" was the first hit record produced by Prince Buster, and is regarded as a landmark in the history of ska and reggae music. John Folkes, the author of the song, received a certificate from the Jamaican Government dated 1984, which recognized "Oh Carolina" as the first-ever reggae song. In 1994, John Folkes and Buster were involved in a legal dispute over the authorship of the song, after a cover version by Shaggy became an international hit. It was eventually ruled by the High Court in London, England, that Folkes held the copyright. Later, Folkes assigned the copyright to Greensleeves so that Shaggy's Pure Pleasure album could be released. The song was written by John Folkes in 1958 about his girlfriend (who was actually named Noelena). The group had met Buster while auditioning at Duke Reid's liquor store and Buster decided that he wanted to record the song. According to the brothers, Buster paid them £60 for the recording (Buster claims £100). Distributed By Memphis Collectors Edition Records.