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Stories by Roy Black/Gleaner Writer

Published:Monday | October 7, 2019 | 12:24 AMRoy Black/Gleaner Writer

After being out of the music business for 40 years, legendary singer, producer and songwriter Dandy Livingstone has made a resurgence with a brand-new single, released in April 2019. Titled, They Call Us Legends, the song is currently available on...

Published:Saturday | July 27, 2019 | 12:07 AMRoy Black/Gleaner Writer

The original awards ceremony for veterans of Jamaica’s popular music, dubbed Tributes to The Greats, takes place at Curphey Place, Up Park Camp, today beginning at 8pm. Now in its 22nd year, the annual show is a one-of-a-kind event that seeks to...

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2019 | 12:22 AMRoy Black/Gleaner Writer

He labelled himself ‘The Voice of The People’, and in a real sense, that’s what he was. Rarely would he find himself in a position where he could defend the underdog (physically) or the underprivileged and refuse to do so. Prince Buster grew up...

Published:Monday | May 27, 2019 | 12:28 AMRoy Black/Gleaner Writer

The name ‘Doris Von Kappelhoff’ may mean very little to most people, but once the name ‘Doris Day’ (her stage name) is mentioned, it immediately stirs up all sorts of musical and theatrical extravagances to those who were around during her heyday....

Published:Sunday | April 21, 2019 | 12:12 AMRoy Black/Gleaner Writer

Welcome to our new series, Vintage Voices. Jamaica’s rich musical legacy is due to the indelible contribution of our great musicians. In this new series, we speak to them and trace the history of the music with all who have helped to shape our...

Published:Thursday | March 28, 2019 | 12:14 AMRoy Black/Gleaner Writer

The handover ceremony of the Q Awards to the Government of Jamaica, through the National Library, took place at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel’s Negril Suite last Thursday. The awards, which are presented annually by Q Magazine to outstanding entities...

Published:Tuesday | September 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black/Gleaner Writer

After over 60 years in the music business, ska legends Stranger Cole and Derrick Morgan have remained very active and are enjoying the most successful period of their entire career.This is mind-boggling when one recalls the astronomical levels to...

Published:Thursday | August 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black/Gleaner Writer

Today makes it 41 years since the death of Elvis Presley. And whether you like him or not, the mere mention of his name will always cause raised eyebrows - resentment, acceptance, love or hate, depending on your perception of him.Riding on the back...

Published:Saturday | July 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black/Gleaner Writer

Kingsley Goodison has declared that one of the most satisfying moments in his 21 years at the helm of the annual Tributes to The Greats Awards Show and Dance was what he called the "Australian Connection".Speaking to me on the radio last Saturday...

Published:Friday | July 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black/Gleaner Writer

June Isaacs, wife of the late Gregory Isaacs, has confirmed that the annual celebrations associated with his birthday on July 15 has, for the past few years, been sidelined - owing to a number of factors.She expanded in a recent interview, stating...

Published:Thursday | July 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black/Gleaner Writer

The Medal of Appreciation by Prime Minister Andrew Holness to Anthony 'Chips' Richards, for services to Jamaica in the field of music last April, seemed to have opened new doors for him, while widening his scope of endeavours to keep Jamaica in...

Published:Friday | June 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black/Gleaner Writer

One of the dominant features of early Jamaican popular music, was the existence of unsung heroes - those who have made worthwhile contribution to the development of our music, yet remain relatively unknown and have gone unrewarded.Names like Vere...

Published:Wednesday | May 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black/Gleaner Writer

The Heptones which came together in Trench Town during the early 1960, are preparing for a massive European tour from mid-June to October this year.The three-part harmony group epitomised the rocksteady beat of the mid-late-1960s. They were one of...

Published:Friday | May 4, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black/Gleaner Writer

It will be like the end of an era when the popular vintage stage show Startime, formerly Heineken Startime, takes a bow after more than 150 performances spanning 30 years.Coming from very humble beginnings as a small after-work jam in the old...

Published:Saturday | February 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black/Gleaner Writer

Tony Mack may perhaps be the unsung hero in Jamaica's entertainment business who wears the most hats. Among other things, he is an MC who sings, a recording artiste, a record producer, a talent scout, an author, a percussionist, a backup singer and...

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