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Stories by Roy Black

Published:Thursday | April 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Vinyl music sessions have become very popular over the past decade. Vinyl record collectors and session organisers across several countries, including Jamaica, have resorted to the vinyl format, as against compact disc and laptops, as a way of...

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

Very little focus has been placed on the pre-ska era of Jamaican popular music. Yet, the era has produced several outstanding entertainers who have helped to lay the foundation for ska, rocksteady, reggae and dancehall that followed.Earliest on the...

Published:Tuesday | March 21, 2017 | 12:41 AMRoy Black

Chuck Berry, who, along with Elvis Presley was considered Rock and Roll’s most exciting and illustrious pioneers, passed away on March 18 at his home in St Charles, Missouri. He was 90 years old. Berry came to prominence with his self-penned...

Published:Sunday | March 12, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The name Noel Simms may mean little to many persons, but once the name Skully is mentioned, most people, especially those in the vintage music circles, would know exactly who is being referred to.Skully created history in Jamaican popular music when...

Published:Thursday | March 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

One of the seminal figures in reggae music, Johnny Golding, founder and publisher of Swing Magazine, the 'bible' of the burgeoning reggae music industry in the late 1960s to 1980s, celebrated his 80th birthday on Sunday, February 26, in Bahir Dar,...

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

The names Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Butler are somewhat interrelated insofar as it relates to popular music. Both men played important roles in helping each other to establish their careers.Both men also played important roles in establishing the...

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

Suggestive lyrics, or what some Jamaicans call slackness, have permeated Jamaican popular music for years, dating as far back as the mento era. The phenomenon has again been brought to the fore during the current running of the annual Grounation...

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

With technological advances on the upsurge and hundreds of small independent record companies springing up in America after World War II, aspiring black artistes and singing groups found convenient outlets to express their musical talents. A number...

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

Last Thursday, January 26, legendary Jamaican record producer Clement 'Sir Coxson' Dodd would have been 85 years old. Although Dodd's fame owes a lot to people like Jackie Mittoo, Delroy Wilson, and engineer Syd Bucknor, there is no denying that...

Published:Sunday | January 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Songwriting is one of those aspects of Jamaican popular music that has been given scant respect. More often than not, it is the singers and the musicians that get the credit for the success of a recording, while the composers live in obscurity....

Published:Saturday | January 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The first annual Pre-Valentine's Day Red Rose for Gregory stage show takes place at the Constant Spring Golf Club on Sunday, February 12. It promises to be a never-to-be-forgotten experience that will feature some of the biggest stars currently in...

Published:Sunday | January 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The works of the Chin's Calypso Sextet from the golden age of mento music and particularly the production skills of Ivan Chin for the group, bring into sharp focus the contribution made by several Chinese-Jamaican record producers to Jamaican...

Published:Sunday | January 8, 2017 | 12:12 AMRoy Black

Alerth Rockford Bedasse was central to the mento era of Jamaican music. He was the lead vocalist and chief music arranger for perhaps the most popular mento aggregation: The Chins Calypso Quintet. Along with Count Lasher, Harold Richardson and The...

Published:Sunday | January 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

December 25 is perhaps the most important date on the calendar. It was the day Christ was born and it is celebrated worldwide. It also marks the birth date of the Music Diaries in...

Published:Saturday | December 31, 2016 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

As we exit the month of December 2016 and move into January 2017, we again remember the enormous contributions that Lou Rawls and Sam Cooke made to popular music internationally and the strange coincidences that dominated their lives.Both months are...

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Known for their scintillating performances at home and abroad, top deejay Big Youth and reggae artiste and actress, Sister Carol, will be the headline acts to kick-start the commencement of the legendary Twelve Tribes of Israel's year of golden...

Published:Sunday | December 25, 2016 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Music has become a part of almost every event, activity or celebration on earth. It is almost impossible to make a success of any event without some kind of musical accompaniment.Christmas celebrations and praises for the birth of the newborn King,...

Published:Sunday | December 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The Jamaican guitarist Dwight Pinkney is known to many as an extraordinary talent who has thrilled millions worldwide with his guitar skills. Pinkney, who has completed 50 years in the music business, has played guitar on hundreds of Jamaican hit...

Published:Sunday | December 11, 2016 | 12:59 AMRoy Black

Jamaica gave to the world some six to seven different genres of music, more than any other country, with perhaps the United States being the only exception. It is nothing short of amazing when one considers Jamaica’s size compared to much...

Published:Sunday | December 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Horace Andy belongs to a fraternity of singers that made Studio 1 the University of Ska and Rocksteady music during the 1960s and early 1970s.Entering the fray shortly after other stalwarts like Alton Ellis, Ken Boothe, Bob Andy, Delroy Wilson, Bob...

Published:Sunday | November 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

When Alton Ellis recorded Girl I've Got a Date at The Treasure Isle Studios in the mid-1960s, it may very well have been the inspiration behind at least two other recordings that made musical history in popular music. The recording was also one of...

Published:Sunday | November 20, 2016 | 12:15 AMRoy Black

The generally accepted view that the Clarendonians, a popular Jamaican recording duo of the 1960s, first recorded for Clement Dodd's Studio 1 label, runs contrary to a story related to me by Peter Austin, one half of the duo, during an interview...

Published:Saturday | November 19, 2016 | 12:27 AMRoy Black

Overseas acts comprise close to a third of the on-stage performers at the upcoming One World Ska and Rocksteady Music Festival slated for the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Saturday, November 26. Of the 14 acts down to perform, two are from...

Published:Sunday | November 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Just over a week ago - November 4, we observed the eighth anniversary of the passing of one of one of the pioneers of soca music, Byron Lee, and in tribute, the Music Diaries looks back at some of Lee's contribution to popular music.The Chinese-...

Published:Sunday | November 6, 2016 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The success of the Jamaican barber Shawn Powis in the award-winning documentary, The Fade, rekindles memories of Pierino Roland Como, better known as Perry Como, one of the earliest and smoothest...

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