December

List of important dates in December


December 1

1958 J.C. Lodge (June Carol) is born in London, United Kingdom.

1968 Singer Anita Roze is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

December 2

1949 Garth Dennis (Black Uhuru/Wailing Souls) is born in Jamaica.

1969 The Emotions record "Warie Warie" for Lloyd Dalley, The Matador.

December 3

1954 Singer Rula Brown is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1976 Bob Marley, Rita Marley, and their manager Don Taylor are shot and wounded in Kingston, Jamaica.

1999 London's newspaper Guardian reports that Bob Marley's song, "One Love", has been chosen as the anthem for the Millennium by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).

Under the headline "Bob Marley anthem for the Millennium", the British newspaper reported that a new version of "One Love", recorded by the late Bob Marley's son, Ziggy, with the Gypsy Kings and the Boys Choir of Harlem, is to be the BBC's official anthem of the Millennium.

2003 Buju Banton is charged with marijuana possession.

December 4

1969 The Overdrivers record "Pack Up Your Things And Go" (a.k.a. "Selassie Want Us To Go Back Home" for Lloyd Daley, The Matador.

1975 Lutan Fyah (Anthony Martin) is born in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

1999 A Bob Marley Tribute concert, One Love: The Bob Marley All Star Tribute, takes place at the James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St. Mary, Jamaica.

December 5

1966 Singer Richie Stephens (Richard Anthony Stevenson) is born in Westmore, Jamaica.

1976 Smile Jamaica Concert is held at National Heroes Park in Kingston, Jamaica

Bob and Rita Marley perform with bandage after being wounded in an assassination attempt two days before.

1985 "Under Me Sleng Teng" is cut at Prince Jammy's studio at 38 St. Lucia Road, Kingston, Jamaica.

It is the first full digital reggae recording, so launching ragga stage of reggae.

December 6

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December 7

1943 David Madden is born in Kingston.

1992 Bob Marley & The Wailers' boxset "Songs of Freedom" [Island] is certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

December 8

1946 Toots Hibbert is born in Clarendon, Jamaica.

1955 DJ General Echo a.k.a. Ranking Slackness (Earl Anthony Robinson) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1970 Yogie (Courtney Morrison) is born in Annotto Bay, St. Mary, Jamaica.

1976 Eagles' album "Hotel California", which contains their reggae-styled tune, is released.

1999 Organizers of the popular live show Sting honors eleven persons from various sectors of the entertainment industry at the launch of the 1999 renewal at Le Meridien Jamaica Pegasus.

Those honoured ware:

• Wayne Holung of the True Tone sound system

• deejay Desmond "Ninja Man" Ballentine

• deejay Norman "Tiger" Jackson

• production man Ricky Chin

• Derrick Barnett, founding member of the Sagittarius Band

• Lloyd "King Jammys" James

• Desmond Young, president of the Jamaica Federation of Musicians

• Patrick Roberts of Shocking Vibes Productions

• Donovan Germaine of Penthouse Records

• Tommy Cowan of Glory Music

• John Swaby, another specialist in the area of production

December 9

1940 Clancy Eccles is born in Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica.

1942 Leonald Dillon [Ethiopians] is born in Port Antonio, Jamaica.

1965 Jazz reggae sax man Arthro Tappin is born in Barbados.

1991 After a long legal battle, Bob Marley's $11.5 million estate is settled in court and left in the hands of his family, headed by Rita Marley.

1991 Ziggy Marley's daughter is born. Ziggy names her Justice in honor of the verdict awards Bob Marley's estate to his family.

1994 Garnet Daymon Smith a.k.a. Garnet Silk passes away in Mandeville, Jamaica (Age 28).

He and his mother were killed in gas explosion at his home in Mandeville, Jamaica; two of his brothers were injured. It is said that they forgot to turn off the gas at the main cock, the gas filling the house caught fire from a cigarette. Is it really so?

December 10

1924 Michael Manley is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

Michael Norman Manley, former Prime Minister of Jamaica and former leader of the People's National Party, is the second of two sons of Norman Manley, one of Jamaica's founding fathers.

December 11

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December 12

1960 Peter Hunnigale a.k.a. "Mr. Honey Vibes" is born in South London, London.

1990 Jackie Mittoo goes into hospital. Jackie passed away 4 days after.

2000 Lady Saw signes agreement to join Shocking Vibes.

December 13

1949 Ronald Robinson a.k.a. "Nambo" (809; trombone) is born in Jamaica.

1960 General Trees (Amos Edwards) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1965 Singer Tony Gold (Brian &), is born in Jamaica.

December 14

1966 Singer Sluggy (Andrew Phillip Gregory) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

December 15

1949 Vocalist Desmond Young a.k.a. Desi Roots is born in Jamaica.

1970 Blake Boy records "Deliver Us" for Lloyd Daley, The Matador.

December 16

1990 Donat Roy Mittoo a.k.a. Jackie Mittoo passes away (dies of cancer) at 11:15 a.m. at Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto, Canada (Age 42).

1993 Nahki's first solo video Japanese Via Jamaica - Live at "ON AIR WEST" Plus... - is shot. The video is released on Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. in 1994.

December 17

1941 Fitzroy Marshall a.k.a. Larry Marshall (Larry & Alvin/Larry & Enid) is born in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica.

1950 Carlton Lloyd Barrett a.k.a. "Carlie" is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1986 The radio program Osaka Reggae Street makes its debut on OBC Radio in Japan. The program aired every Wednesday for 16 weeks.

December 18

1943 Keith Richards (Wingless Angels/Rolling Stones) is born in Dartford, England.

1964 Dominick (Dominic Kenny) is born.

1999 Joe Higgs passes away in a hospital in Los Angeles following several months of treatment for cancer (Age 59).

December 19

1960 Anthony Red Rose (Anthony Cameron) is born in Saint Mary Parish, Jamaica.

1965 Mighty Massa (Nagai Masakazu) (Ska Flames; keyboards/Mighty Massa Sound System) is born.

1997 Sony Corp's co-founder Masaru Ibuka, who led the development of tape recorders and transistor radios, passes away (dies of heart failure) in Tokyo (Age 89).

December 20

1974 DJ Terror Fabulous (Cecil Campbell) is born in St. Thomas, Jamaica.

December 21

1962 Peter Spence is born in London, England.

1989 Radio DJ Barry G has come back to JBC Radio One since his March arrest for damage to property (recording equipment).

1990 Funeral for Donat Roy Mittoo a.k.a. Jackie Mittoo, passed away December 16th, is held at the Jamaican Canadian Center in Toronto, Canada.

Bob Andy, Lord Tanamo and others attend the funeral. UB40 sent a telegram of condolence.

1993 Dirtsman (Patrick Thompson) passes away.

He was shot on his veranda by 4 gunmen, being pronounced dead on arrival at Spanish Town Hospital.

December 22

1982 Assassin (Jeffrey Campbell) is born in Nuttall Hospital, Kingston, Jamaica.

December 23

19XX Sen C-Joy is born.

1952 Judy Mowatt (Judith Veronica Mowatt) is born in Gordon Town, St. Andrew, Jamaica.

2001 Drummer Carl Ayton died at the University Hospital in St Andrew after suffering a stroke (Age 45).

December 24

19XX Keyboardist Noel Davey is born.

1983 UB40's cover of Jimmy Cliff's "Many Rivers To Cross" reaches U.K. #16.

December 25

1954 Robin Campbell (UB40; lead guitar) is born in Birmingham, England.

1966 Atushi Yanaka (Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra; baritone sax) is born in Tokyo, Japan.

1967 DJ Major Mackerel (Garfield Dixon) is born.

December 26

19XX Drummer/producer Noel Alphonso is born.

19XX Musician/producer Grub Cooper is born in Linstead, St Catherine.

19XX Musician/producer Computer Paul is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1952 Mutabaruka (formerly Allan Hope) is born in Rae Town, Kingston, Jamaica.

1991 "UB40 - A Family Affair", filmed at the Finsbury Park gig on June 22, airs on C4-TV.

December 27

1955 Jerry Harris [(Wackies) Rhythm Force; leader/guitar/vocals] is born in Port Antonio, Jamaica.

1989 Admiral Bailey tumbles off a moterbike and is badly injured on his way home from "Sting '89".

December 28

19XX Bubbler Waul is born.

1970 Little Kirk (Kirk Anthony Davis) is born in in Waterhouse district of Kingston, Jamaica.

1977 Fancy Goose (Roger Harze) is born in Union Gardens (Kingston 11 area).

December 29

1982 Jamaica issues a commemorative stamp honoring the late Bob Marley.

December 30

1992 Shabba Ranks' single "Slow And Sexy" [Epic] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

1993 Eric 'Bingy Bunny' Lamont (Roots Radics; guitar/vocal) passes away (dies of cancer).

December 31

1957 Jack Radics is born Jordan Bailey (or Balfor Bailey?), Kingston, Jamaica.