Louis Drysdale was born in Jamaica, probably in Kingston, in 1883/4, but so far little information has come to light on his parents or his family background. However there are possible birth records for Louis and his siblings.
This birth record indicates that George Louis Drysdale (Drysdale was sometimes referred to as 'Louis George) was born at 19 North Street on December 15, 1883; his parents were Edward Drysdale, a carpenter, and Ursulina Drysdale (formerly Cole), a cook. Edward made his mark on the birth registration record.
Like other musicians of the time, such as T Ellis Jackson and Adeline McDermott, he appeared, new-minted, as a member of the Kingston Choral Union, in 1904. He appeared then in a concert for the Jamaica Union of Teachers, along with the well-established members of the group. By 1906 he was well enough established as a singer to be included in the group invited by Sir Alfred Jones to appear at the Colonial Products Exhibition:
Daily Gleaner January 5, 1906
In the UK the Kingston Choral Union became famous as the 'Jamaica Choir' during its two tours extending from 1906 to 1908. Several members, including Drysdale, decided to stay on to make use of the opportunities to improve their musical skills. It seems that with the backing of Sir Alfred, Drysdale was able to study at the Royal College of Music with outstanding operatic performers of the day. He then made a very successful career training singers, using the finest Italian methods. Although it does not seem that he ever returned to Jamaica, and apparently he and his first wife were divorced around 1911, he maintained strong links with the island.