List of important dates in February

February 1

19XX Pam Hall is born in Jamaica.

1957 Dennis Brown (Dennis Emanuel Brown) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

19XX Miyazaki Kei (Ska Flames; guitar/bass) is born.

1967 C.J. Lewis is born in Peckham, London, United Kingdom.

February 2

1950 Bim Sherman is born in Westmoreland, Jamaica.

February 3

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February 4

19XX Mikey (Michael) Bennett (Home T) is born.

2017 Skully (Noel Bartholomew Simms) passes away, having been diagnosed with lung cancer two years earlier, died in Alligator Reef, Florida, U.S. (Age 81).

2004 Simple Simon passes away, diagnosed with terminal cancer in late 2000, (Age 47).

February 5

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February 6

1945 Bob Marley is born Robert Nesta Marley to 18-year-old Cedella and Captain Norval Sinclair Marley at c. 2:30 a.m. in Nine Miles, St. Ann, Jamaica.

Almost all sources say he is born on this day, but it is listed as April 6, 1945 on his passport.

1948 William "Bunny Rugs" Clarke [Third World; vocals/guitars] is born in Mandeville in the Jamaican parish of Manchester.

1980 Bob Marley gives his 35th birthday party of his own accord in Kingston. It is his last birthday in his native Jamaica.

1981 Bob Marley's 36th and last birthday

Junior Marvin, Seeco Patterson and Tyrone Downie hosted a little birthday party for Bob in his quarters at the Ringberg Clinic.

1989 A great dub master Osbourne Ruddock a.k.a. King Tubby passes away.

A lone gunman murdered Tubby, the motive apparently robbery, at about 1 a.m. when Tubby returned his home at 85 Sherlock Crescent, Duhaney Park in the Parish of St. Andrew, Jamaica, put his car into the garage and was about to close the gate. (Age 48).

1995 The late Bob Marley's 50th birthday concert is held at the Bob Marley museum at 56 Hope Road, Kingston, Jamaica.

2,500 people gathered the place. The concert started 8 p.m. Ras Michael & Sons of Negus, Judy Mowatt, Vanessa Williams, Toots Hibbert, Tony Rebel, Mystic Revealers, Third World, Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers, The Wailers and I-Three performed in the five hours. Tommy Cowan acted as MC.

A morning service celebrating Bob Marley's birthday is also held at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church from sunrise on this day. "Rastaman Chant" on Nyahbinghi echo in the church.

2004 Singer Simple Simon passes away following a long battle with cancer of the oesophagus, (Age 48).

February 7

1959 Brian Travers (UB40; saxophone) is born in Birmingham, England.

1969 Singer Little Harada is born.

February 8

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February 9

1962 Jamaica signs agreement to become independent.

1965 The case which Don Drummond killed his common-law wife Marguerita on January 2nd comes to trial at the Sutton Street courtroom.

Drummond would be sent to the mental ward of Bellevue Hospital on Windward Road.

19XX After six months of rehearsals, UB40 debuts at the Horse and Hounds in King's Heath, Birmingham, sharing the bill with another new local band, the Au Pairs.

February 10

19XX Alex (Alistaire McCalla) (T.O.K.) is born.

1943 Artist manager Don Taylor (Donald Taylor) is born in Jamaica.

1948 Singer Super Jerry (Easton Thomas) is born in Clarendon, Jamaica.

1963 Smiley Culture (David Victor Emmanuel) is born in London, England.

1966 Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) and Alpharita Constantia Anderson (Rita) get married.

1970 Neville Hinds' "The Originator" and Little Roy's "You Run Come" are recorded for Lloyd Daley, The Matador.

1990 "Dub Be Good To Me" by Beats International peaks at #1 on the U.K. pop singles chart.

February 11

1947 Phonograph inventor Thomas Alva Edison is born in Milan, Ohio.

19XX Ansel Cridland [Linkers, Meditations] is born.

1956 Singer Simple Simon is born in Jamaica.

1989 A memorial dance for a great dub master Osbourne Ruddock a.k.a. King Tubby (d. February 6) is held at front of King Tubbys Studio from 8 p.m. through following morning by King Jammy, a disciple of King Tubby. Admiral Bailey, Tinga Stewart and others join in.

2000 Legendary calypsonian Lord Kitchener (Aldwyn Roberts) passes away at 10:45 a.m. at the Mount Hope Hospital in Port of Spain, Trinidad, (Age 77).

February 12

1965 Cutty Ranks (Philip Thomas) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1972 Frisco Kid (Steve Wray) is born in Western Kingston, Jamaica.

1975 Stevie Face (Anwar Hanchard) is born at Princess Margaret Hospital, St. Thomas, Jamaica.

1989 Funeral for the great dub master Osbourne Ruddock aka King Tubby, passed away February 6th, is held.

His family, many engineers and producers who have learned from King Tubby and 3,500 people attend the funeral in the rain.

February 13

2002 Stephen Marley and Julian Marley were arrested for possession of marijuana in Florida.

February 14

19XX DJ Jesse Jendau is born, in Kingston, Jamaica.

19XX Ralston Grant (Twinkle Brothers; vocals/rhythm guitar) is born in Falmouth, Jamaica.

19XX Tatsuyuki Hiyamuta [Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra; alto sax] is born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan.

1977 Junior Marvin joins the Wailers.

February 15

19XX Musician Willie Stewart is born in England (Jamaican parents, Willie came to Jamaica in 1964).

19XX Teflon (Shaneil Watson) is born.

1959 Alastair "Ali" Campbell (UB40; lead vocals/guitar) is born in Birmingham, England.

February 16

1959 Spanner Banner is born in St. Andrew, Jamaica.

1974 Nikki (Nicole Marcella Burt) is born in Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica.

February 17

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February 18

1993 Patrick Waite [Musical Youth] passes away in Birmingham, United Kingdom.

1999 Mauritius local reggae singer Kaya (Joseph Topize) is arrested after smoking marijuana at a rally to promote the legalisation of the drug. He will die in police custody after three days.

February 19

1951 Horace Andy (Horace Hinds) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1956 Dave Wakeling ((English) Beat/General Public; vocals, guitars) is born in Birmingham, England.

1962 An agreement is signed to make Jamaica an independent nation within the British Commonwealth later in the year; Jamaica will gain independence on August 6.

1994 Bob Marley is inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame in Cincinnati.

February 20

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February 21

1959 Desi Jones (drummer on Jamaica jazz scene; Chalice; Skool ) born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1961 Ranking Roger ((English) Beat/General Public; toaster) is born in Birmingham, England.

1964 Sophia George is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1965 Black activist Malcolm X is shot to death by assassins at 39 in New York City.

1974 Buccaneer (Andrew Bradford) is born in Jamaica.

1999 Mauritius local reggae singer Kaya (Joseph Topize) dies in police custody after being arrested for smoking marijuana at a rally to decriminalise the drug.

February 22

1884 Sir Alexander Bustamante, the first Prime Minister of Jamaica, is born in Hanover, Jamaica.

197X Roundhead is born.

1974 Ice Man (Donald Anderson) is born in St. James, Jamaica.

1999 Riots erupted in Mauritius, a day after local reggae singer Kaya (Joseph Topize) died in police custody. Four people died in three days of clashes with police, including another reggae singer, Agathe.

2001 Shaggy's album "Hot Shot" [MCA] is certified Multi (4.0) Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

February 23

1953 Carlene Davis is born in Colonels Ridge, Clarendon Parish, Jamaica.

1965 DJ Shelly Thunder (Michelle Harrison) is born in Kingston, Jamaica (some say New York).

1985 On the sound clash between Prince Jammys and Black Scorpio at Waltham Park Road, Jammys vanquishes the opposition with Sleng Teng, the first ever computerized riddim.

2000 Burning Spear's "Calling Rastafari" [Heartbeat Records] wins the 42nd annual Grammy's Best Reggae Album. Other nominees are:

• "Roots Revival" - Aswad [Ark 21 Records]

• "The Doctor" - Beenie Man [VP Records]

• "Living Legacy" - Steel Pulse [Tuff Gong International Records]

• "Generation Coming" - Third World [Gator Records]

February 24

1974 Ce'Cile (Cecile Charlton) is born in Manchester Parish, Jamaica.

1999 Sly & Robbie's "Friends" [EastWest Records America/EEG] wins the 41st annual Grammy's Best Reggae Album. Other nominees are:

• "Inna Heights" - Buju Banton [VP Records]

• "Many Moods of Moses" - Beenie Man [VP Records]

• "Ska Father" - Toots And The Maytals [Artist Only! Records]

• "Psychedelic Souls" - Wailing Souls [Pow Wow Records]

2003 Sean Paul's album "Dutty Rock" [Atlantic] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

2004 Paul Tyrell, a 32-year-old employee of Shocking Vibes Production, is shot dead in Kingston. Beenie Man collapsed on the sidewalk near the scene of Tyrell's murder.

February 25

19XX Musician Billy Mystic (Antony Wilmot) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1993 Jamaica's tabloid newspaper X-NEWS makes its first appearance. Most of the editorial staff are former staff of The Weekend Enquire which went out of existence.

1998 Ziggy Marley & The Melody Makers' "Fallen Is Babylon" [Elektra Records/EEG] wins the 40th annual Grammy's Best Reggae Album. Other nominees are:

• "Big Up" - Aswad [Mesa/Atlantic Records]

• "Appointment With His Majesty" - Burning Spear [Heartbeat Records]

• "Rage And Fury" - Steel Pulse [Mesa/Atlantic Records]

• "Freedom Of Speech" - Yellowman [RAS Records]

1999 Cynthia Schloss passes away (dies from cardiac complications) at her home in Kingston, Jamaica.

February 26

1976 Kymani Marley is born in Jamaica to Bob and former tennis star Anita Belnavis.

1978 Bob Marley returns to Jamaica for the first time after the alleged assassination attempt on his life, December 3, 1976.

An Air Jamaica flight carrying Bob Marley touched down at Norman Manley Airport in Kingston at few minutes before 5:00 p.m. Approximately two thousands of fan were there to greet him. Several hours later, Bob has opened informal free session at the National Heroes Circle Stadium.

1983 "Pass The Dutchie" by Musical Youth peaks at #10 on the Billboard pop singles chart.

February 27

19XX Nakasu Akihito (Ska Flames; Percussions) is born.

2003 Deejay Scotty (Derrick Scott) dies from prostate cancer at the Lord's Place nursing home in Kingston. He was 52 years-old.

February 28

1968 H.I.M. Haile Selassie I makes a speech in California. It is quoted into "War" by Bob Marley.

February 29

1956 Lincoln Valentine 'Style' Scott (Roots Radics/Dub Syndicate; drums) is born in Chapelton, Jamaica.

1972 PNP (People's National Party) led by Michael Manley wins the general election and ends ten years of JLP (Jamaican Labour Party) rule in Jamaica.

1980 Mr. Peppa (Arael Jahzeal Walters) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.