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Jamaica Salutes Legendary Songwriter Thom Bell In Our New Playlist!


As we close another Black History Month, we use this last day to honour a Jamaican who helped to shape the musical landscape. His name is Thom Bell, and he is the co-creator of the “Philadelphia Soul” that reigned the 1970s. A Songwriter, Producer, Composer, and Arranger, Thom Bell gave the world classics, and has influenced generations. Today, we salute him with our latest Playlist titled, “Jamaica Sings For Thom Bell“.

Featuring 14 tracks (more would’ve been added if they were available for streaming), we highlight some of the Jamaican Artists who have covered songs that were either written, produced, or arranged by Thom Bell. From John Holt, to Horace Andy, to Boris Gardiner, to Alton Ellis, to Etana, we hear covers of classics by The Delfonics, Deneice Williams, The Stylistics, and more. Listeners can learn something new, or reconnect with songs that affected them in ways when they first heard them in the new Playlist. Soul Music along with R&B sounds have a heavy influence in Jamaican music, so it’s only right that many of the American classics were covered by some of the Jamaican greats. The late Thom Bell gave the world something special, and his work will continue to entertain and inspire. Thank you for everything Thom Bell, rest well.

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OLDIES SUNDAY: Mighty Diamonds – Right Time (1975)


This past week, we lost two Jamaican Music Icons. Gone are 2/3 of the legendary Mighty Diamonds, Donald “Tabby” Shaw, and Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson. While their passing has left an indelible mark in Jamaica, we want to keep them alive through the music. For today’s Oldies Sunday selection, we highlight their track, “Right Time“.

Produced by Jo Jo Hookim for Channel One Studio and released in 1975 through the Impact! Label (and through the Locks Label in the UK), Mighty Diamonds’ “Right Time” became one of the group’s biggest and most known single. With smooth production, the group spoke of Marcus Garvey’s prophecies, and everything will change for many when the right time comes. “Right Time” was featured on the group’s debut album of the same name in 1976 through Virgin Records, a label that plays a major part of the group’s history and helped their International push as they were some of the first Reggae acts signed there. The Mighty Diamonds celebrated 50 years together in 2020, and was the longest group together in Jamaican music. With their name pressed in every part of the globe, their breakthrough really came at the “right time”. R.I.P. Donald “Tabby” Shaw and Fitzroy “Bunny” Simpson.

thank you mighty diamonds for this classic!

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OLDIES SUNDAY: @MusicalYouth30 – Pass The Dutchie (1982)


This generation rules the nation with version! Today’s Oldies Sunday selection comes from British Child Reggae Band, Musical Youth. Titled “Pass The Dutchie” and produced by Peter Collins in 1982, this is a song about facing extreme poverty. This song was redone version of the Mighty Diamonds’ hit “Pass The Kutchie” which was a song about smoking Marijuana. In the redone version, “Kutchie” was replaced with “Dutchie“, which was the name of a cooking pot.

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