April

List of important dates in April


April 1

1948 Jimmy Cliff (James Chambers) is born in St. Catherine, Jamaica.

1987 Final broadcast of Osaka Reggae Street is heard on OBC Radio (Japan) after being on the air 16 weeks.

April 2

1966 Garnet Silk (Garnet Daymon Smith) is born in Brumalia, a small community in the town of Mandeville, Manchester, Jamaica.

1971 DJ Rickey General is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1988 Jammys 10th anniversary show at Cinema 1 in Kingston.

Freddie McGregor, John Holt, U Roy, Cocoa Tea, Half Pint, Leroy Smart, Lt. Stitchie, Admiral Bailey, Gregory Isaacs, Josey Wales, Sister Charmine, Tiger, Johnny Osbourne, Little Twitch, Junior Demus, Major Mackerel, June Ranks, Trevor Sparks, Beenie Man (as 3 The Hard Way), Flourgon, Anthony Malvo and others performed with bands Home T, Sagittarius, Studio One Band (for Freddie McGregor) and Steely & Clevie. The show started at 8:30 p.m. and continued till after 6 a.m.

2010 Reggae artiste Louie Culture has been shot and injured, the entertainer was shot just after 1:30 at Priestman's River, Black Rock.

April 3

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April 4

1959 An original Wailer Junior Braithwaite (Franklin Delano Alexander Braithwaite) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1960 Dalton Lindo a.k.a. Screwdriver is born Saint James Parish, Jamaica.

1968 Kimiyoshi "Nargo" Nagoya [Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra; trumpet] is born in Tokyo, Japan.

1993 The radio program Reggae Channel 847 makes its debut on FM Yokohama 84.7, Japan. The program aired every Sunday midnight.

April 5

19XX Gem Myers is born.

1951 Everett Morton ((English) Beat; drums) is born in Birmingham, England.

1972 Ryan Thomas a.k.a. Jah Mali is born in Clarendon Parish, Jamaica.

1979 Bob Marley & The Wailers perform at Shinjuku Koseh Nenkin Kaikan in Tokyo, Japan.

April 6

1945 This is the birth date listed on Bob Marley's passport. Almost all sources say he is born on February 6, 1945. It is probably true, because he is Joseph.

1946 Tommy Cowan (The Jamaicans) is born in Saint Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica.

1950 Steven 'Cat' Coore (Inner Circle, Third World; guitar/cello) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1968 Benjamin Myers a.k.a. Benjy Myaz is born in Jamaica, West Indies.

1979 Bob Marley & The Wailers perform at Shinjuku Koseh Nenkin Kaikan in Tokyo, Japan.

1981 Aidonia (Sheldon Aitana Lawrence) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1982 Sponsored at the Church of Jah Rastafari in Freeman's Hall, Trelawney, Jamaica, by Ras Daniel, a seven-days Nyabingi begins on the hills of upper Trelawney, on the occasion of the U.S. President Ronald Regan's visit to Jamaica.

The sound of the Nyabingi is recorded and later released as "Churchical Chants of The Nyabingi" (Heartbeat HB 20)

April 7

19XX Soljie, sound engineer, is born.

1956 Columbia Records announces that it is dropping the 78 record for all releases other than Hillbilly music.

1979 Bob Marley & The Wailers perform at Shibuya Kokaido in Tokyo, Japan.

1999 Bob Marley & The Wailers' compilation album "Legend" [Island] reaches to 10 million sales level in U.S., and is certified Diamond (Level-10 Platinum) by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). It represents the first reggae album ever to achieve the Diamond status.

April 8

1987 The special radio program HANAMATSURI! Reggae Street is heard on OBC Radio in Japan.

April 9

1980 Wayne Marshall (Wayne Mitchell) is born in St. Andrew, Jamaica.

April 10

1947 Bunny Wailer (Neville O'Riley (or O'Reilly) Livingston) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1962 Shinehead (Edmund Carl Aiken) is born in Kent, England.

1965 Pliers (Everton Banner) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1979 Bob Marley & The Wailers perform at Nakano Sun Plaza Hall in Tokyo, Japan. The show is recorded and released as CD album "Japan" in 1996 on TDK.

April 11

1956 Neville Staples [Specials/Fun Boy Three; vocals, percussions] is born in Christiana, Jamaica.

1979 Bob Marley & The Wailers perform at Osaka Koseh Nenkin Kaikan in Osaka, Japan.

2005 Singer Junior Delgado passes away at his residence in London, England.

April 12

1948 Cynthia Schloss is born in Trenchtown, Saint Andrew, Jamaica.

1961 Patrick "Acka T", producer of STARTONE label, is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1965 Singer Pinchers (Delroy Thompson) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1993 Snow's album "12 Inches of Snow" [East West] is certified Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

April 13

1967 Capleton (Clifton George Bailey III) is born in rural Islington, St. Mary, Jamaica.

1979 Bob Marley & The Wailers perform at Festival Hall in Osaka, Japan.

1986 Vocalist Johnny Doller passes away (Age 52).

April 14

1965 Millie Small appears on U.S. ABC-TV's Shindig! performing her smash "My Boy Lollipop".

April 15

1964 Thuthukani Cele (keyboardist; worked with Lucky Dube) is born.

1965 Kulcha Knox (Roger Dixon) is born in Manchester, Jamaica.

1988 Squeengin, engineer for King Jammys, passes away (dies of heart failure) at 5 a.m. on this day.

1999 Peter Tosh's album "Legalize It" [Columbia] is certified Gold and Platinum, and album "Equal Rights" [Columbia] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

2003 Ziggy Marley releases his first solo album "Dragonfly."

2004 Rocksteady singer Phyllis Dillon passes away, dies of cancer (Age 59).

April 16

1949 Keyboardist Ansel Collins (Spelled Ansel) is born in Jamaica.

1963 DJ Chaka Demus is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1964 Moro Naohiro, reggae writer and owner of a sound system Brain Buster, is born.

1997 RAS Records announces that Albert 'Apple' Craig is quitting the Israel Vibration and has chosen to pursue solo ventures.

April 17

1951 Uncle T (Trevor James), producer of CHAMPION label, younger brother of Lloyd James aka King Jammy, is born.

1976 Sizzla (Miguel Collins) is born in August Town, Kingston, Jamaica.

1987 Carlton Lloyd Barrett a.k.a. 'Carlie' passes away at the (Age 36).

Carlie was shot dead in front of his Kingston home. Jamaican police had arrested his wife, Albertine, and her lover, a taxi driver named Lenroy, and charged them with the slaying.

April 18

1941 Hortense Ellis is born in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica.

1980 Bob Marley & The Wailers perform in Zimbabwe Independence Celebration at Rufaro Staduim, Salisbury, Zimbabwe, at the invitation of Zimbabwe's presient Robert Mugabe.

Marley calls the event the "greatest honor of my life."

April 19

1949 Big Youth (Manley Augustus Buchanan) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1980 A day after Zimbabwe Independence Celbration, Bob Marley & The Wailers hold another concert for the ordinary people of Zimbabwe.

2016 Lord Tanamo passes away in Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Age 81).

April 20

1972 Stephen "Steve" Marley [Melody Makers] is born as the second son of Bob.

1981 Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) is invested with the Order of Merit (O.M.)

1999 "Sandinista!" album [Epic] by The Clash is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). "Story Of The Clash" album [Epic] is also certified Gold and Platinum on this day.

April 21

1958 Mike Barson (Madness) is born in Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

19XX Ise Hirokau [Ska Flames; vocals] is born.

1964 Singer Coozie Mellers is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1966 H.I.M. Haile Selassie I visits Jamaica.

Selassie's Ethiopian airliner, emblazoned with a roaring Lion of Judah insignia and trimmed in stripes of red, green, and gold, touched down at Palisadoes airport at 1:30 p.m. More than 100,000 people (most of them Rastas) were there to greet him.

Since Selassie's visit, the Grounation ceremonies had been conducted every April 21. Beginning in 1968, Bob Marley sat in on that.

1967 Junior Cat is born.

2009 Buju Banton releases album Rasta Got Soul.

April 22

1969 Franky Sly is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1973 Bushman (Dwight Duncan) is born in Saint Thomas Parish, Jamaica.

1978 One Love Peace Concert is held in Kingston, Jamaica

Bob Marley unites Prime Minister Michael Manley and opponent Edward Seaga on stage. It's Marley's first public appearance in Jamaica since being wounded in an assassination attempt on December 3, 1976. Proceeds go to unemployed street kids.

April 23

1947 Michael Richards aka Mikey 'Boo' (Now Generation/809; drums) is born in Jamaica.

April 24

1955 Albert 'Apple' Craig (Israel Vibration (-1997)) is born.

April 25

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April 26

1999 Reggae singer Jah Cure get a 15-year sentence after he was found guilty of rape and gun charges.

April 27

1998 Recorded at Ali Campbell and Travers new recording studio in Jamaica, "UB40 Presents The Dancehall Album", featuring toasting by the likes of Beenie Man, Ninja Man, Lady Saw and Mad Cobra among others, all backed by the band, is released by Virgin.

April 28

1966 Quino (in full Joaquin William McWhinney) [Big Mountain] is born.

1968 DJ General Degree (Cardiff Butt) is born in Manchester, Jamaica.

1970 Little Roy records "Keep On Trying" for Lloyd Dalley, The Matador.

April 29

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April 30

1964 Barrington Levy is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1967 Peter Chemist (Danovan Thompson), sound engineer, is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1989 Tiger is arrested for overstay for 15 days at airport in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. After that he had been locked up in Boston until May 18th.