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Stories by Roy Black

Published:Sunday | July 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Falsetto singers were an integral part of early Jamaican music. Some of the more popular exponents of that style of singing, along with their signature recordings, included Pat Kelly (You Don't Care For Me), Derrick Harriott (Sugar Dandy), Ken...

Published:Sunday | July 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Musicians have often been neglected and sidelined whenever the success of a recording is announced. The singers are the ones who, almost invariably, get the credit and are showered with unending praise for a job well done. This situation is...

Published:Sunday | July 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Today is International Reggae Day, and again, we pay tribute to the pioneers who made it possible.Andrea Davis conceptualised the idea in 1993, following a speech by Winnie Mandela, wife of former South African president Nelson Mandela, while the...

Published:Sunday | June 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Many may not have been around in 1966 to witness the multitude of events that made that year one of the most exciting and historic in Jamaica's history.Those who were around may well remember the excitement that was generated by Motown's music; the...

Published:Sunday | June 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Growing up along Orange Street in downtown Kingston - the heart of Jamaica's popular music during its embryonic stage - I was privileged to be among some of the greats who created the foundation music of ska and rocksteady. Music Street and Beat...

Published:Sunday | June 10, 2018 | 12:53 AMRoy Black

It was Christmas Eve 1954, and a full house waited feverishly at the city auditorium in Houston Texas for the appearance of America’s most promising vocal talent. Against the backdrop of festive activities, a gunshot rang out, sending...

Published:Sunday | June 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The Drifters vocal group of the early 1960s was easily the most exciting and popular group of singers in popular music during that period. Those who were around at the time will well recall the impact they had on the music scene and on the charts,...

Published:Sunday | May 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Just two days ago, May 25, we observed African Liberation Day. Quite significantly, the late great singjay and music pioneer Lincoln 'Sugar' Minott, who liberated several youth and aspiring artistes from the doldrums of poverty, was born on that day...

Published:Sunday | May 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Blindness is often looked at as an impediment to progress by the sighted, but for some blind persons, it is more of a motivational tool.One person who has used blindness for motivation is Steveland Morris, better known as Stevie Wonder, who, for 55...

Published:Sunday | May 13, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The Windrush scandal is a topic that is currently dominating the headlines. Seventy years ago, the SS Empire Windrush - originally a German cruise ship - docked in Kingston, Jamaica, en route from several other countries to England. With over 1,000...

Published:Sunday | May 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Although Derrick Morgan is reputed to have worn several hats in Jamaican popular music, his good friend and competitor, Prince Buster, may not be very far behind. Buster excelled as a sound system operator, record producer, recording artiste,...

Published:Sunday | April 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

One of the least known facts about Jamaica's popular music is the multiplicity of roles played by Derrick Morgan in helping to lay the foundation for the establishment of Jamaica's music and ultimately placing it on the international music map....

Published:Sunday | April 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

While Carnival revellers were jumping and gyrating to the rhythms of street bands at Jamaica Carnival 2018 Road Marches last Sunday, it became obvious that there was one notable absentee among the bands - Jamaica Carnival.A creation of the late...

Published:Sunday | April 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The stigma attached to All Fools' Day (April 1) remains a very real and perennial one.People have expressed divergent views about the character of persons born on April 1, with the general consensus being that such persons are either genuinely smart...

Published:Sunday | April 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The title "the daughter of", in reference to Natalie Cole, and which was highlighted in last week's article, has become one of the talking points of readers since the publication of the article.The main question asked was, "What is it about Nat Cole...

Published:Sunday | March 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

'Technological wizardry' was how one critic described the 1991 recording Unforgettable, sung by Natalie Cole and her dad, Nat King Cole. It took some amount of convincing to let some persons accept the fact that the younger Cole's voice was...

Published:Sunday | March 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

When Manley Augustus Buchanan, better known as Big Youth, had his first success as a recording artiste with The Killer in 1972 for producer Gussy Clarke, he was coming off a run of undistinguished singles. They included Movie Man, for Gregory Isaacs...

Published:Sunday | March 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

International women's day (March 8) rekindles memories of a host of female artistes who have left indelible marks on popular music.From as early as 1935, Billy Holiday signalled her intention of establishing some sort of gender equality, as far as...

Published:Sunday | March 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The Jamaica Reggae Industry Association's (JaRIA) annual awards included the names of several outstanding Jamaican entertainers and industry insiders whose contribution can justly be described as inestimable. I think the association ought to be...

Published:Sunday | February 25, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

As we continue to recognise and celebrate the birthdays of entertainers who were born in Black History Month (February), we pay tribute to Nancy Wilson, perhaps the earliest and only performer in popular music, who has also had an impact on the jazz...

Published:Sunday | February 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Alerth Rockford Bedasse is another of the February-born artistes who have made invaluable contributions to the development of early Jamaican popular music.He was crucial to the mento era, having sung lead vocals on the most mento recordings in...

Published:Sunday | January 21, 2018 | 12:58 AMRoy Black

When Errol Dunkley made his first record, he was only 11 years old. And it wasn’t an encouraging start for him either because that recording flopped ­ a ska piece done for fledging record producer Prince Buster in 1962 entitled My Queen....

Published:Sunday | January 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Sam Cooke, Clement 'Sir Coxsone' Dodd, Elvis Presley and David Ruffin - all have two things in common. They were all early outstanding performers in the entertainment business and they were all born in the month of January. So, as we progress...

Published:Sunday | January 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The days of vinyl records have seen a plethora of international hits from across the globe, with countries like the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), and Jamaica being among the front runners.In an interview published in The Sunday...

Published:Sunday | December 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The name Vincent Edwards is one that is well known in local horseracing circles. Edwards has been the president of the Jamaica Racehorse Trainers Association for the past 10 years, and previously, was vice president and spokesman since 1971.What may...

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