Vincent "Randy" Chin was one of reggae's pivotal producers and recording executives, enjoying a career that spanned from the ska era to the contemporary dancehall sound -- the former was the launching pad for his most historically enduring work, and the latter the source of his greatest commercial success. Born of Chinese and Jamaican descent in Kingston on October 3, 1937, Chin began his music career modestly by maintaining jukeboxes throughout Jamaica; replacing former favorites with the latest hits, instead of discarding the old singles he kept them, eventually stockpiling enough to open his own record store in 1959. As a devoted listener of the American R&B late-night radio show Randy's Record Shop, Chin eventually acquired the nickname "Randy" himself, and when he relocated his store to downtown Kingston in 1961, it too was christened Randy's Record Shop. That same year, he formed his first label, also dubbed Randy's, and produced his first sessions for the duo of Alton Ellis and Eddie Perkins, yielding the singles "My Love Divine" and "Let Me Dream." Chin also helmed the Ellis solo sides "Ska Beat" and "It Doesn't Matter at All." Randy's Records' first major hit, however, was balladeer Lord Creator's 1962 classic "Independent Jamaica" -- recorded in honor of the island's August 6 independence from Britain, the single was later the first U.K. release for Chris Blackwell's fledgling Island Records imprint.