Category Archives: This Day In Reggae

This Day in Reggae History

Bob Marley & The Wailers’ compilation album “Legend” [Island] is certified Multi (9.0) Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

All Systems Go For Arthur Guinness Celebrations Today

Kingston, Jamaica: Dancehall superstar Mavado has been added to the line-up for Arthur Guinness Day Concert set for the National Indoor Sports Centre on Thursday September 27 with less than 24 hours to go organizers of the event in Jamaica say all is in place to ensure patrons have an unforgettable experience worthy of the legendary brewer’s name. Read the rest of this entry

This Day In Reggae!

1969: Singer Daweh Congo is born as Rohan Graham in the Jubilee Hospital in the city of Kingston, Jamaica.
1988: “Conscious Party” album by Ziggy Marley & Melody Makers is released.
1999: Beenie Man and three other members of Shocking Vibes Production Ltd. (Ralston McKenzie, Raymond Ledgister and Andrew Thomas) are cleared of illegal marijuana possession charge in Virginia, United States. (They were arrested on July 28, 1999).

This Day In Reggae!

1940: Derrick Morgan is born in Stewarton, Jamaica.
1948: Ken Boothe (Kenneth Boothe) is born in Denham Town, Kingston, Jamaica. (some say b. March 22, 1946, or March 21)
1955: Mad Professor (Neil Fraser) is born in Guyana.
—-: Ishikawa Michihisa [Ska Flames; saxophone] is born.
1963: DJ Bobo General (Patrick Bernard) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

This Day In Reggae!

1892: Calypso giant Attila is born in Trinidad.
1993: Snow’s album “12 Inches of Snow” [East West] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

This Day In Reggae!

1942: Walter Rodney is born.
1980: Jacob “Killer” Miller passes away (dies in a car crash along Hope Road) in Kingston, Jamaica. (b. May 4, 1954; some say 1955 or 1956)
1999: Augustus Pablo’s album “Valley Of Jehosophat” is released on RAS Records. Pablo passed away two months later (May 18th).
2004: Singer Trevor Sparks passes away.

This Day In Reggae!

1916: Marcus Garvey arrives in America from Jamaica.
—-: Watanabe Kohji [Ska Flames; trombone] is born.
1972: U.S. National Commission on Marijuana and Drug Abuse urges an end to criminal penalties for private possession and use of marijuana.
1996: Bob Marley & The Wailers’ compilation album “Legend” [Island] is certified Multi (8.0) Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

This Day In Reggae!

1896: Ethiopia defeats Italy at Battle of Adowa.
1936: Lee “Scratch” Perry aka “Upsetter” (Rainford Hugh Perry) is born in Kendal, a small town in the rural parish of Hanover, Jamaica.
1956: Fonso Martin [Steel Pulse; vocals/percussions] is born.
1987: First issue of the Japanese Reggae Magazine goes on sale.
1987: Boy George pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana in London. He was given a “conditional discharge”.
1996: Bob Marley & The Wailers’ compilation album “Legend” [Island] is certified Multi (7.0) Platinum, and video “Legend” [Island Video] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

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—-: Winston ‘Pipe’ Matthews [Wailing Souls; lead vocal] is born.
1959: Terry Hall [Specials/Fun Boy Three; guitars, vocals] is born in Coventry, West Midlands, England.
1961: Snagga Puss (Norman Suppria) is born in Arnett Gardens, Kingston, Jamaica.
1997: The Skatalites sign with Island Records Jazz Jamaica imprint.
2001: Island Records founder Chris Blackwell is inducted in the “nonperformers” category of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

This Day In Reggae!

1970: Dennis Brown records “Things In Life” for Lloyd Daley, The Matador. It can be heard on a compilation “Lloyd Daley’s Matador Productions, 1968-1972” (Heartbeat HB 92).
1993: Snow’s single “Informer” [East West] is certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
2005: Justin Hinds passes away (dies of lung cancer)

This Day In Reggae!

1974: Chevelle Franklyn is born in Tawes Pen, St Catherine, Jamaica.
1968: DJ Sleepy Wonder (Selwyn Archer) is born in Slipe Road, Kingston, Jamaica. (some say b. March 15)
1996: Bob Marley & The Wailers’ album “Live!”, “Rastaman Vibration”, “Exodus”, “Kaya”, “Uprising” and “Confrontation” [Island] are certified Gold, and video “The Bob Marley Story” [Island Video] is certified Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). Also Inner Circle’s album “Bad Boys” [Big Beat] is certified

This Day In Reggae!

—-: Tony Matterhorn is born.
1979: Grenada revolution begins. (National Day)
1998: British ska/reggae star Judge Dread (b. Alex Hughes), best known for his 70’s hits “Big Six”, “Big Seven” and “Je T’aime”, dies after collapsing, apparently from a heart attack, during a performance on stage with his backing band, The Originals, at the Penny Theatre in Cantebury, England, at the age of 53.
The Times reports that his last words were “Let’s hear it for the band!”