Brooks was born in Kingston, Jamaica, around 1935. He played trumpet on recording sessions from the late 1950s onwards, often uncredited, and formed his own band in the early 1960s, having a hit in 1962 with "Independence Ska", which celebrated Jamaica's break from colonialism. He also performed on several sessions with the Skatalites. He had further hits in 1964 with "Bus Strike" and "Musical Workshop". The band followed this in 1965 with "Guns Fever", recorded at Studio One. Brooks and his band continued to play on recording sessions until the early 1970s.
^Thompson, Dave (2002) Reggae & Caribbean Music, Backbeat Books, ISBN0-87930-655-6, p. 335
^Colin Larkin - The Guinness encyclopedia of popular music 1561591769 1995 -- Volume 1 - Page 561 "Baba Brooks played trumpet and in the early 60s had his own band whose recordings included the celebratory 'Independence ... to be a ska interpretation of 'Making Whoopee' and originally surfaced as the b-side to the Saints 'Brown Eyes'."