Dobby Dobson returns for Simply Myrna, March 7
What does Dobby Dobson have in common with the late Jamaican international actress, Madge Sinclair of the famous Trapper John M.D American television series?
They both attended Central Branch School in Kingston and had their acting debut in the play, Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves. Dobson played the lead role while Madge Sinclair played the role of his wife.
While Sinclair continued to pursue her career in acting, Dobson, christened Highland Ralph Dobson, began a singing career in the early '50's, spreading his wings across the Caribbean, South, Central and North America, Canada and the United Kingdom, thrilling audiences with his stirring performances that left them begging for more.
Come Saturday, when celebrated songstress Myrna Hague presents her fifth annual Simply Myrna Revue, Dobson will be flying into the island from his home base in Florida, as her special guest, for a second time, to be part of this milestone.
Also specially invited to perform is vocalist A.J. Brown, lead singer in the legendary Third World Band, and the colourful Carifolk Singers.
Simply Myrna, which has been enjoying an increasing number of patrons over the years, will see an A-list of musicians providing backing for the star of the show, Myrna Hague, and her guests, at Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston.
Sir Kenneth and Lady Rhema Hall have again graciously accepted to be patrons of the show, which will commence with cocktails at 7 p.m. Show time is 8 p.m.
Brings back memories
Patrons will be hard pressed to stay in their seats as the prolific songwriter brings back memories, while performing some of his popular hits.
Loving Pauper, Seems to me I'm Losing and Sweeter Than Honey are just some of his original songs, many of which have been covered by local and international artistes such as Bob Andy and Marcia Griffiths, UB40, Freddie McGregor and Gregory Isaacs.
His early composition of Du Du Wap has been included in many documentaries tracing the origins of Jamaican music.
The highly professional production team will be supported by bandleader Desi Jones (drummer) and musical arranger and conductor Ralph Holding Junior. Among the other list of first-class musicians are the legendary keyboardist, Marjorie Whylie; guitarists Rupert Bent and Kenroy Mullings; Adrian Henry on bass; Chris McDonald on keyboard; and Vivian Scott on trumpet.
Sponsors supporting the event are: The Gleaner Company Limited, KLAS ESPN Radio, Spanish Court Hotel, Labels and Supplies, Stage Records, KOOL 97 FM, Music Mart, Jamaica National, Blends Naturally Active Skincare and Family Pride Supermarket.
Tickets are $4,000, available at The Music Mart on South Avenue, Derrick Harriot Records in Twin Gates Plaza and The Jazz Centre, 22 East Kings House Road.