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Stories by Roy Black

Published:Sunday | June 9, 2019 | 12:17 AMRoy Black

Group singing became a very dominant feature of early Jamaican popular music during the ’60s. The most popular was the three-part harmony type demonstrated by the groups The Wailers, The Paragons, The Techniques, The Melodians, The Jamaicans, The...

Published:Sunday | June 2, 2019 | 12:22 AMRoy Black

Edward Seaga had a multifaceted career that traversed anthropological endeavours, politics, music, and sports. But contrary to what many may think, his greatest ambition as a youngster was to become a nuclear physicist. He explained this when I...

Published:Sunday | May 26, 2019 | 12:19 AMRoy Black

The contribution to Jamaica made by entertainers whose origins lie outside of our shores is not well documented in Jamaica’s music history. Jamaica’s rich musical heritage, however, owes a lot to these aliens. Two of the earliest to have made...

Published:Sunday | May 19, 2019 | 12:13 AMRoy Black

Electric Boogie is one of several recordings that inspired a dance move. Earlier, there was ‘ The Stroll’ by The Diamonds in ’57, Three years later, Chubby Checker rocked the world with The Twist, which also inspired a dance move of the same name...

Published:Sunday | May 12, 2019 | 12:22 AMRoy Black

Jamaica has a rich legacy of songwriting talents in popular music. To many, Bob Marley may be the first to come to mind. But whereas Marley wrote mainly in prose, there were others who delved deep into rhythmic poetry to express their innermost...

Published:Sunday | May 5, 2019 | 12:09 AMRoy Black

Alerth Bedasse, one of the main exponents of mento music, and his sidekick Everard Williams, a mento songwriting genius, have a lot to say about the resistance meted out by the government of the day and other stakeholders to the lyrics of their...

Published:Sunday | April 28, 2019 | 12:17 AMRoy Black

Jamaica has given the world six major genres of music: mento, ska, rocksteady, reggae, dub, and dancehall. That is nothing short of amazing when one considers the island’s geographical size and population. Most countries of comparable size in the...

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...

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