Shaffer on stage with The Skatalites at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis, MN, in 2016
|Birth name||Monica Johnson|
|Genres||Ska, rocksteady, reggae|
|Associated acts||The Skatalites|
Monica Johnson, better known by her stage name Doreen Shaffer (sometimes spelled Schaffer or Schaeffer), is a Jamaican ska, rocksteady, and reggae singer. Known as the "Queen of Ska", she was a founding member in 1964 of the Skatalites.
She started singing at school, initially inspired by jazz singers such as Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan. She began her career at Studio One, recording duets with Jackie Opel, before they both joined the Skatalites in 1964.
After the Skatalites disbanded in 1965, Shaffer continued as a solo singer. A collection of her recordings for producer Bunny Lee, First Lady of Reggae, was released in 1970. She had local success in the 1970s with singles "Sugar Sugar" and "Try a Little Smile". In 1979 she released an album with Naomi Phillips, and in 1986 recorded her debut album proper, Wonderful Sounds. She was part of the reformed Skatalites in 1992, and has continued to perform with them. Another solo album, Adorable, followed in 1997. In 2009 she collaborated with the Moon Invaders on the album Groovin'.
- First Lady of Reggae (1970), Pama
- Read Me Right (1979), Nationwide - Doreen Schaffer & Naomi Philips
- Wonderful Sounds (1986), Revue/Spiderman - also released as Sugar Sugar
- Adorable (1997), Grover
- Adorable You (2002), Studio One
- Groovin' (2009), Grover - Doreen Schaffer with The Moon Invaders