Did U Know? …Now you do!

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  • In his early days, Freddie McGregor formed Generation Gap, a rival band to Third World and Inner Circle (V14#02 1996)…
  • Jacob Miller is Maxi Priest’s uncle…
  • The movie Rockers was filmed in two (2) months in Jamaica in 1978 with a budget of $500,000 JA…Culture’s 1976 single “Jah Jah See Them a’Come” features the very young Sly & Robbie (V15#08 1997)…
  • After leaving the stage after their 1st Sunsplash performance, Morgan Heritage, children of veteran Denroy Morgan, were signed immediately by MCA Records (V15#04 1997)…
  • Ky-mani Marley wanted to be a lawyer (V12#04)…
  • HIM Haile Selassie I was the 1st African to be put on the cover of Time Magazine in 1936…
  • Damian Marley is known to do impersonations (V11#03)…
  • Culture’s 1976 single “Jah Jah See Them a’Come” features the very young Sly & Robbie (V15#08 1997)
  • Bob Andy secured a handsome settlement in his suit against Sonic Sounds & Donovan Germaine for unauthorized use of “Fire Burning” & “Feeling Soul,” both songs he wrote…
  • Jacob Miller, lead singer of Inner Circle beginning in the 70s, was killed in a Kingston auto accident on March 23, 1980…
  • Steel Pulse was the first non-Jamaican Reggae act to win a Grammy…
  • 54-46 was the prison number given to Toots Hibbert, where he spent 18 months at Tamarind Farms for a false arrest for ganja possession…
  • Gregory Isaacs was born in Fletcher’s Landing in Kingston, Jamaica, on July 15, 1950…making him a Cancer and member of the Tribe of Judah…
  • Jimmy Cliff introduced a young 16-year-old Bob Marley to producer Leslie Kong…
  • The Rastafari movement began in Jamaica in 1930…
  • Sister Carol gave a modern Reggae toasting version of the Troggs’ “Wild Thing” for the soundtrack of the movie with the same name…
  • Yami Bolo’s birth name is Rolando Ephraim McLean…
  • Maxi Priest appeared in an episode of TV’s 90’s hit “Baywatch”…
  • Eric Donaldson (singer/songwriter) won Jamaica’s Festival Song Competition in 1971 with “Cherry Oh Baby,” which was later covered by the Rolling Stones in 1976 & UB40 in 1983…
  • Don Taylor first met Bob Marley in London after the release of Natty Dread (mid-70s)  when Don was brought over by ABC Booking to act as Bob’s road manager…Don later became Bob’s business manager…
  • Steel Pulse’s 1st LP was Handsworth Revolution (Island 1978) and they opened for Bob Marley in that same year…
  • Bob Marley & the Wailers broke every attendance record in Copenhagen, including that of Abba and Bob Dylan…
  • Chalice was the 1st Reggae band to ever play perform in Istanbul, Turkey…
  • Junior Reid was in the car with singer Hugh Mundell when Mundell was fatally shot in the head in 1983…
  • Gregory Isaacs’s “Cool Ruler” moniker came from three female fans in London, part of a group called 15-16-17…
  • Sly & Robbie’s “Bits & Pieces,” recorded in 1972 was a Rap version of “Don’t Stop the Music” by Yabba & People – thus becoming the 1st link between Rap and Reggae…

More to come… 🙂

 

 

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