Jamaican in infamous Profumo Affair that toppled British Gov’t is dead

Monday, March 27, 2017

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Aloysius ‘Lucky’ Gordon, the Jamaican involved in the infamous Profumo Affair that toppled the British Government is dead.

The 85-year-old Gordon was reportedly in a London nursing home at the time of his March 15 death, which was widely covered by British media.

He was one of four men romantically linked with Christine Keeler, a party girl who moved among the British elite. She was also having affairs with John Profumo, the British minister of war; Yevgeni Ivanov, an attaché at the Russian Embassy in London and Johnny Edgecome, an Antiguan hustler.

During the lengthy trial in 1963, Keeler acknowledged the affairs which had a Cold War twist.

The British intelligence unit, MI5, began investigating the Keeler/Profumo/Ivanov rumours in late 1962.

One of the biggest casualties of the scandal was Prime Minister Harold Macmillan who resigned in October 1963.

His party, the Conservatives, lost the national election in 1964.

Allegations of espionage have never been proven but the leading players in the drama were disgraced. Profumo resigned his post; he died in 2006; Keeler was sentenced to nine months in prison for perjury. She lives in London.

Edgecombe, who died in 2010, was sentenced to seven years in prison for illegal possession of a firearm and intent to endanger, while Gordon got a three-year sentence for assaulting Keeler.

He was released within months after Keeler confessed to lying about the attack.

Jamaican singer King Sounds has lived in London for over 50 years and knew Gordon since the late 1960s. Despite his notoriety, he recalls him having a level of respect among West Indians.

"He was a jovial man in the community, you could always call on Lucky. He was one of the boys," said King Sounds.

In a 1998 interview with the Jamaica Observer, Gordon said he was born in Kingston. A stowaway, he moved to London in 1947 and fit in the city’s underworld as a jazz singer and boxer.

After his stint in prison, Gordon worked as a cook in London for Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. One of his ‘clients’ was Bob Marley, who was signed to Island.

Aloysius ‘Lucky’ Gordon is survived by a brother Syco and daughter April.

— Howard Campbell

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