It is with much sadness that we announce the passing of Emile Ford on the morning of the 11th of April 2016.
PRESS RELEASE – Emile Ford, the artist/scientist was taken to England in his late teens with the resolve of mastering the science of sound-engineering production. But, as fate would have it, in the late fifties, to validate his technical discoveries to his college professors he decided to produce his very first record.
What do you want to make those eyes at me for?
This hugely successful hit not only catapulted Emile Ford and the Checkmates into immediate fame and but also broke all kinds of records, including being entered into the “Guinness Book of Records” for the recording selling a million copies faster than any other in history. It also earned him a Platinum disc in the UK.
Despite his extraordinary popularity as a performer, in later years Emile returned to his first love: his relentless pursuit of the right technology needed for producing the ‘perfect’ sound. Through the years, names such as Pink Floyd, Michael Jackson, and many other well-known musicians also made use of his cutting-edge technology.
Born Michael Emile Telford Miller in Castries, St Lucia, on October 16 1937, the son of Frederick Edward Miller, a parliamentarian of distinction and Madge Murray, a Concert Soprano. He was educated at St Mary’s College, Castries, St Lucia.
Emile Ford came from a privileged and musical family background from both his grandparents and parents. His grandfather on his Mother’s side, L.M. Murray was founder of the St. Lucia Philharmonic Band.
This was the first orchestral band in St. Lucia for which he took the role of director and conductor between 1902-1904 (see fig1) Emile’s mother, Madge Murray performed all over the West Indies.
In 1954 Because of her love of music and the theatre Madge Murray organised the first musical talent show at Clark’s Theatre to encourage the youth of St Lucia to participate in the arts.