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Stories by Roy Black

Published:Wednesday | December 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

One of the most versatile individuals in the entertainment business, Della Reese, passed away on November 19, following close on the heels of Fats Domino, who made the transition 27 days earlier.The multi-talented black female sensation amazingly...

Published:Sunday | December 3, 2017 | 12:15 AMRoy Black

The term dancehall has been around in the music business from as far back as the late 1950s. Back then, it referred to lawns, open-air spaces, or Lodge halls, where sound systems blared into the early hours of the morning the sound of Rhythm and...

Published:Sunday | November 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Last week's Music Diaries gave a short insight into Elvis Presley's spiritual leanings. His association with gospel concerts and gospel recordings as a teenager portrayed him as a godly man who would be the last to indulge in racism. Yet, I have...

Published:Sunday | November 19, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Elvis Presley's early life and upbringing were grounded in poverty, after being born into a poor sharecropping family in Tupelo Mississippi on January 8, 1935. His depression-scarred father struggled to feed the family, and eventually had to move...

Published:Sunday | November 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The world of entertainment recently lost another stalwart in Fats Domino, on October 24, this year.If ever there was a man of whom it could truly be said pioneered Rock 'n' Roll music, it must be Domino.Most musicologists and music aficionados of...

Published:Sunday | October 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Winston Riley's contribution to the Jamaican entertainment business transcends the boundaries of just being the leader and vocalist with the successful 1960s rocksteady vocal group The Techniques. Riley's stretch spanned an unbelievable 40-odd years...

Published:Saturday | October 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Millie Small is among several outstanding Jamaican recording artistes who celebrate birthdays in October. Others include Peter Tosh, Hopeton Lewis, Luciano, Shaggy, George Nooks, Jah Cure, Ziggy Marley, Linval Thompson, Gyptian, and Chronixx.In a...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The year 1969 was eventful in Jamaica's history. The year saw the sterling system being replaced by the decimal system of dollars and cents. in September. The Wailers responded to the change with the recording The Pound Get A Blow - a recording that...

Published:Thursday | September 14, 2017 | 12:10 AMRoy Black

It is an undeniable fact that reggae music has placed Jamaica firmly on the international music map and has bolstered, in no small way, Jamaica's tourism industry.When we include Larry Marshall into that equation, as the first to do a reggae...

Published:Sunday | September 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Jamaica's first lady of comedy, the iconic folklorist, actress, author, vocalist, and comedic social commentator, Dr the Honourable Louise Bennett-Coverley, will be remembered in a number of activities, celebrating the 98th anniversary of her birth...

Published:Sunday | September 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The Chinese have been very much in the headlines in recent times. The apparent over-allocation of contracts to them and their excessive use of their nationals on several construction projects, including bridges, roads and buildings, have become a...

Published:Saturday | August 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

An incorrect and misleading headline in a newspaper led to a Mass of Praise and Thanksgiving Service for popular vintage recording artiste Ernie Smith at The Holy Name of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Bamboo, St Ann, on Sunday, April 30, 2017....

Published:Sunday | August 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Although some may not agree that Vere Johns' contribution to nation building was enough to make him a candidate for national hero, there can be no denying that he laid a very important pillar in the establishment of reggae music through his talent...

Published:Sunday | August 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

When then Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna announced in 2013 that the Festival Song Competition for that year would be cancelled, it was greeted with scathing criticism from various quarters, including her opposite spokesperson, Olivia '...

Published:Sunday | July 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The Alpha Boys School, located at 26 South Camp Road, Kingston 4, has made a dramatic transformation from the days when Sister Jessie Ripoll saw the need for orphaned and underprivileged girls to be housed and cared for.The idea was later expanded...

Published:Tuesday | July 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The milestone 20th staging of the annual Tributes to the Greats awards show and dance is set to take place at Curphey Place, Swallowfield Road, on August 5, beginning at 8 p.m.The venue has not only become the home of the event, but a rendezvous...

Published:Sunday | July 23, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

With the bloodletting that has engulfed the nation, one can't help but agree that the Mighty Diamonds, a 1970s Jamaican vocal trio, were right on track when they warned about impending disaster in several of their recordings.Their first big hit,...

Published:Sunday | July 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

'The older the moon, the brighter it shines', is an old adage that the Manhattans proved to be true during a scintillating performance at the Startime Show which took place at the National Arena on Saturday, July 8.In an unforgettable experience,...

Published:Sunday | July 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Over the years, Kingston College (KC) has produced several outstanding entertainers in the field of popular music. The list includes the former lead vocalist of the Fab 5 band, Peter Scarlett, and its present leader and bass player, Frankie Campbell...

Published:Sunday | July 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Last Monday, Stranger Cole celebrated a birthday.Now in his seventh decade on earth, Cole's schedule seems to be more hectic nowadays than it was during his early career. His energy and friskiness on stage, assisted by a petite frame, belies his age...

Published:Sunday | June 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The Manhattans belongs to an exclusive fraternity of four-part harmony soul groups that emerged in the early 1970s in the United States. The Spinners, The Chi-Lites, The Stylistics and The O'Jays were others that stood out as harmony kingpins.Led...

Published:Wednesday | June 21, 2017 | 12:03 AMRoy Black

The long-running Heineken Startime series of stage shows, now known as Startime, has built a reputation for itself that is unmatched anywhere in Jamaica's music business.It has the distinction of being the catalyst in the resurgence, worldwide, of...

Published:Sunday | June 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Last week's Music Diaries focused on the important role that deejay Dennis Alcapone played in keeping the Jamaican Diaspora connected with the Jamaican authorities and fans, concerning artistes scattered abroad and, particularly, their passing. He...

Published:Sunday | June 11, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Another of the international ambassadors for the Jamaican music industry is Dennis Alcapone, who became well known in the 1960s and 1970s for his DJ recordings and performances. But if one were to measure Alcapone's achievements solely on the basis...

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 12:47 AMRoy Black

Describing Anthony ‘Chips’Richards as an international ambassador for the Jamaican music industry would certainly be one of the biggest understatements of the 20th century. The name may mean very little to Jamaicans at home, but in...

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