Termites, The

Lloyd Parks, Wentworth Vernal

Also known as Hermits, The, Termites
Members of Termites, The: Lloyd Parks, Wentworth Vernal

Discography of Termites, The:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Facts Of Life / I'll Be Waiting 2 Audio 1969 Camel
2 Push Push / Girls 2 Audio 1968 New Beat Records
3 Do The Rock Steady 11 Audio 1981 Studio One
4 I'll Be Waiting / The Night Doctor 2 Audio 1969 Upsetter (2)
5 Drip Drop 2 Audio 2011 Olympic (7)
6 Do The Rock Steady 12 Audio Studio One
7 Mercy-Mr. Percy / Hot And Cold 2 Audio 1967 Studio One
8 Do The Rock Steady 12 Audio 1967 Studio One
9 We Gonna Make It / We Gonna Be Free 2 Audio 2011
10 I'll Be Waiting / Return Of Django 2 Audio 1968 Upsetter
11 Sign Up / Troubled Man 2 Audio 1967 Coxsone Records
12 Do It Right Now / Stay 2 Audio 1967 Coxsone Records
13 Mama Didn't Know / I Made A Mistake 2 Audio 1968 Coxsone Records
14 It Take Two To Make Love / Beach Boy 2 Audio 1967 Studio One

The career of The Termites was a pretty short one, even when [a=Lloyd Parks] stayed in reggae circus as a bass player and singer till today.

The started around 1966. Their name came on after a joke when Vernal started to play the piano and found his "blocks" eaten by termites. Together they scored one big hit "Have Mercy Mr. Percy", a plea for leniency from a landlord. Furthermore they had a song on one of the most important rocksteady compilations [r=1102557]. The song "Last Love" got reissued on a lot of newer compilations. Their voices harmonized and fitted perfect over the slower rocksteady beats. They also includeda little doo-wop touch in their rhythms. Only a few of their recordings got versioned. They recorded an album for [l=Studio One] and also had distribution in the U.K. via [l=Pama Records] where they released "Show Me The Way/What Can I Do". Generally seen, they nearly worked exclusivly with producer [a=Clement "Coxsone" Dodd], before they changed to a independent label called Dampa. Their last song was "Push It Up", then they spit up. Wentworth Vernal left the music scene. He still lives in Jamaica, Lloyd Parks continued over years.

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