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Stories by Roy Black

Published:Sunday | March 31, 2019 | 2:27 AMRoy Black

The practice in Jamaica of political parties using popular recordings as campaign songs to bolster their campaigns has become widespread over the years. Perhaps the earliest instance was in 1960 when Clancy Eccles (one of the earliest Studio One...

Published:Sunday | March 24, 2019 | 12:12 AMRoy Black

Last Sunday, March 17, marked 100 years since the birth of Nathaniel Adams Coles, better known as Nat King Cole, in 1919 in Montgomery, Alabama, USA. It is an important milestone that conjures up memories of a man who many thought was the best...

Published:Sunday | March 17, 2019 | 12:11 AMRoy Black

He was Jamaica’s first child star and boy wonder in popular music, who started recording from as early as age 13, while still attending Boys’ Town Primary. And he was barely out of short pants when he came under the guidance of record producer and...

Published:Sunday | March 3, 2019 | 12:16 AMRoy Black

Millie Small narrowly missed out on being numbered among an elite group of Jamaican singers who made it to No.1 on the British charts. Possessing a slender, sprucy, high-pitched voice, with good looks to match, the Clarendon-born teenager made...

Published:Sunday | February 24, 2019 | 12:27 AMRoy Black

Although many view Bob Marley as the ultimate revolutionary and a defender of the underprivileged, he had a romantic and a psychic side. And like many entertainers, their innermost feelings are often expressed through their recordings. Bob Marley...

Published:Sunday | February 17, 2019 | 12:16 AMRoy Black

Jamaica has a long tradition of songs that have been banned from the airwaves or have created a societal furore because of their sexually suggestive lyrics, promotion of violence and murder, or criticism of the status quo. The promotion of...

Published:Sunday | February 10, 2019 | 12:12 AMRoy Black

Perhaps one of the reasons for declaring February Reggae Month is that two of reggae’s most illustrious icons, Bob Marley and Dennis Brown, were born in that month. But was it a good choice? Each year, the month is packed with an abundance of...

Published:Sunday | February 3, 2019 | 12:23 AMRoy Black

Published:Sunday | January 27, 2019 | 12:15 AMRoy Black

Published:Sunday | January 20, 2019 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The 11 bestselling singles of all time sold between 16 and 50 million copies.1. Leading the pack is the Ivin Berlin composition White Christmas. After more than 75 years, it remains unchallenged with sales of over 50 million copies worldwide.It was...

Published:Sunday | January 13, 2019 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Today marks the ninth anniversary of the passing of Teddy Pendergrass, one of the most popular exponents of the Soul and R...

Published:Sunday | January 6, 2019 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

One hundred years is quite a long time for any man to spend on earth, considering that the time allotted to man is put at three scores and ten. Dave Bartholomew, perhaps the most important individual in the history of popular music, defied the odds...

Published:Sunday | December 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

It is almost impossible to envisage any kind of social event taking place without being accompanied by some form of music. Music associated with Christmas celebrations is no exception. It comes in various styles, genres and languages and has the...

Published:Sunday | December 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Jimmy Cliff, Bob Marley, and Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert were mentioned in last week's article as being largely responsible for placing reggae music in the international spotlight. Consequently, a few weeks ago, the United Nations Educational...

Published:Sunday | December 2, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

"When a man loves a woman,Can't keep his mind on nothin' else.He'd trade the world for the good thing he's found.If she's bad he can't see it, she can do no wrong.And turn his back on his best friend if he puts her down"Lyrics from the opening lines...

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

Noris Weir, lead vocalist of The Jamaicans - a popular rock steady vocal group of the 1960s - died at his home in Fort St Lucie, Florida, on Friday, November 16. He was 72 years old. Though the cause of death has not yet been confirmed, it is...

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

On a recent Junior Schools' Challenge quiz show, a student was asked what genre of music Nat King Cole was best known for. The answer given was 'classical', but, was ruled incorrect by the quiz master, who gave the answer as 'jazz'. The answers may...

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

The recent passing of the legendary Jamaican boxer Bunny Grant, revives memories of another great Alton Ellis.Both gentlemen grew up in Trench Town and rubbed shoulders during the '40s and '50s. The Boys' Town Youth Club, which also housed a boxing...

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

Perhaps the most defining moment in Jamaica's popular music history came with the release of the recording Oh Carolina in 1959. It was a landmark single in the development of Jamaica's modern music - the first that moved away from the then current...

Published:Sunday | October 21, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

When Clement Seymour Dodd purchased The End nightclub from former Jamaican footballer Noel Toppin. Ironically, it was the beginning of the second and most important phase of his career.With the help of his father - who was a building contractor...

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

The imprisonment of Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert shortly after he won the inaugural Festival Song Competition is viewed by the singer as a deliberate attempt to sabotage his career.The singer was imprisoned at the Richmond Farm prison on a marijuana...

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

Entertainers ending up in careers they never intended is quite widespread in early Jamaican popular music. Cecil Bustamante Campbell, better known as Prince Buster, dreamt of being the greatest sound system operator in the land. That dream ended...

Published:Sunday | September 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Another year in the life of Johnny Nash slipped by without much fanfare or flamboyant celebrations on August 19. However, at 78, Nash remains active, albeit on a subdued basis, with occasional tours.Although not born in Jamaica, his contribution to...

Published:Sunday | September 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

Two Fridays ago we observed the 99th birth anniversary of Louise Bennett-Coverley - folklorist, actress, vocalist, comedienne, author, poet and one of Jamaica's most cherished national treasures. She became famous for her dialect verses done in...

Published:Sunday | September 9, 2018 | 12:00 AMRoy Black

The impact of the high exchange rate of the United States dollar in relation to the Jamaican dollar has been described by government and banking sources as having no real negative effect on the Jamaican economy. Be that as it may, the stark reality...

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