JULY

List of important dates in July


July 1

1959 Ranking Joe a.k.a. Little Joe (Joseph Jackson) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1967 DJ Papa San (Tyrone Thompson) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1971 DJ Merciless (Leonard Bartley) is born in Turners Four Paths, Chapleton, Clarendon, Jamaica.

1999 Dennis Brown passes away at the University Hospital of the West Indies in Kingston at about 7:00am (Age 42).

July 2

1945 Maurice Roberts (Gaylads) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1973 Tanya Stephens (Vivian Tanya Stephens) is born in Richmond, St. Mary, Jamaica.

1996 Desmond John Ballantine aka Ninjaman is arrested for illegal gun possession.

Soon he was released and recorded "Settle All Score".

July 3

1971 DJ Daddy Rings is born in Christiana, Manchester, Jamaica.

July 4

19XX Richie Daley (Inner Circle, Third World; bass) is born.

1893 Norman Washington Manley, one of Jamaica's founding fathers, is born in Mandeville, Jamaica.

1945 Rupie Edwards is born in Goshen, near Brownstown, St. Ann, Jamaica.

July 5

1939 Owen Gray is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

July 6

1969 Michael Grant [Musical Youth] is born.

1999 Michael Wallace (Third World; keyboards) passes away (shot to death) in Kingston at about 11:30 p.m. (age 43).

2001 Video "One Love: The Bob Marley All-Star Tribute Concert" [Palm Pictures] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

July 7

1968 Lady G (Janice Fyffe) is born in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

1977 Two Sevens Clash Day, Many Jamaicans stayed at home, fearing to venture outside lest the song's evocation of Marcus Garvey's dire warnings for the 7/7/77 be fulfilled.

1984 The Skatalites play to thousands at Selhurst Park during the London Sunsplash.

The Skatalites play seven tunes and also back Prince Buster on three before closing with a reprise of their theme song, "Freedom Sounds".

19XX Female DJ Spice (Grace Hamilton) is born.

July 8

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July 9

1977 Bob Marley & the Wailers' album "Exodus" enters the chart.

July 10

1981 Aswad's 12" single "Finger Gun Style/Dub Style" is released.

July 11

19XX Producer/guitarist Willie Lindo (Wilbert Lindo) is born.

1947 John Holt (John Kenneth Holt) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1957 Michael Rose, former member of Black Uhuru, now spelt Mykal Rose, is born.

1971 Show promoter Gavin Sharpe is born in Clarendon, Jamaica.

July 12

1951 Ruddy Thomas is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1966 Jamaican government overruns Rasta-dominated village.

At precisely 9:00 a.m. on this day, 250 armed police advanced from the Denham Town station ahead of phalanx of bulldozers. It is three months since Selassie's visit.

1969 Lady Saw (Marion Hall) is born in St. Mary, Jamaica.

1986 Bunny Wailer's first solo concert, outside Jamaica, in Long Beach, California

1993 UB40's single "Can't Help Falling In Love" [Virgin] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

2000 Calypsonian Ras Shorty I (Garfield Blackman) a.k.a. Lord Shorty, passes away (dies of bone cancer) in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad (age 59).

July 13

1955 Ray Pablo Falconer [UB40 producer] is born.

1974 Eric Clapton's "I Shot The Sheriff" is released. The song is a remake of Bob Marley's reggae version.

1981 Black Uhuru perform at London's Rainbow Theatre on this day through next day.

The concert was recorded for their live album "Tear It Up - Live" and was filmed for a videogram "Black Uhuru : Tear It Up Live At Rainbow". Both ware released 1982 on Island/Mango.

July 14

1968 Singer Foxy Brown (Jennifer Esmerelda Hylton) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

July 15

1951 Gregory Isaacs is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1956 David "Dread" Hinds (Steel Pulse; lead vocals/guitar) is born in Handsworth, West Midlands, United Kingdom.

1973 Buju Banton (Mark Myrie) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1986 UB40's album "Labour Of Love" [A&M] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

1999 The body of Dennis Brown (d. July 1) lies in state at the Ward Theatre in downtown Kingston. A few of the hundreds of fans turn up to view his body.

2003 Jamaica Association of Vintage Artistes (JAVA) is officially launched.

July 16

1941 Desmond Dekker (Desmond Adolphus Dacres) is born in Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica.

1962 Steve Knight is born in St. Andrew, Jamaica.

1965 Rory [Stone Love; selector] is born in London, England.

1974 DJ Silver Cat (Neil McDonald) is born in Clarendon, Jamaica.

July 17

1975 Bob Marley & The Wailers begin a four day U.K. tour to promote "Natty Dread", their second album on Island Records.

2005 "Godfather of Ska" Laurel Aitken dies of heart attack at age 78 in the UK.

July 18

1975 Bob Marley & The Wailers record their first live album "Live!" on the second night of London Lyceum concert.

The selections for this concert are -- "Trenchtown Rock"*, "Slave Driver", "Burnin' And Lootin'"*, "Them Belly Full (But We Hungry)"*, "Three O'clock Roadblock", "No Woman, No Cry"*, "Kinky Reggae", "Natty Dread", "Stir It Up", "Lively Up Yourself"*, "I Shot The Sheriff"*, and "Get Up, Stand Up"*. (* put on the album "Live!")

1983 The Skatalites record "Latin Goes Ska - Live At The Blue Monk Jazz Gallery, Kingston, Jamaica" (Some Pun'kins Music JUMP BEAT 001) on this day through next day.

July 19

1950 Errol 'Flabba' Holt (Errol Carter) (Roots Radics; bass) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

July 20

1990 Bob Marley & The Wailers' compilation album "Legend" [Island] is certified Multi (2.0) Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

2002 Deejay Black Rat (David Bingham) is shot dead by burglar at his Dumbarton Avenue home.

July 21

1965 Mikey Spice christened Michael Theophilus Johnson is born in the City of Kingston Jamaica.

1978 Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley (Damian Robert Nesta Marley) is born in Kingston to Bob and former Ms. World, Cindy Breakspeare.

July 22

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July 23

1926 Cedella Booker (Sidilla Editha Malcolm), mother of Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley), is born in Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica.

1999 Producer Justin Philip Yap passes away (dies of cancer)

July 24

1951 Lynval Golding (Specials/Fun Boy Three; guitar, vocals) is born in Saint Catherine, Jamaica.

1954 Tony Moore (Wackies Rhythm Force; bass/vocals) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1993 UB40 scores its second No. 1 single, a cover of Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love" on U.S. chart, as "Promises And Lies", UB40's first album of the '90s, debuts at U.K. #1.

It marks the first time that someone has covered one of Presley's top 10 hits and bettered the peak position of the original song.

July 25

1946 Rita Marley (Alpharita Constantia Anderson) is born Santiago de Cuba, Cuba.

1985 Japanese story writer and musician Kenichi Yamakawa's story (paperback) "HOSHI TO Reggae NO SHIMA - The Natty Island" (Japanese title means "the island of stars and reggae") published by Kadokawa Shoten in Japan.

July 26

1943 Mick Jagger (Michael Phillip Jagger) is born in Dartford, Kent, SE England, U.K.

1956 Ronald Murphy [Wackies Rhythm Force; drums/vocals] is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1972 Wayne Wonder (Von Wayne Charles) is born in Buff Bay, Portland, Jamaica.

1980 UB40 supports Police at the "Rockatta De Bowl", Milton Keynes, Bucks.

1995 Birmingham secretary Deborah Banks wins her suit, brought against UB40 and its Fernscan Ltd company in February, after convincing High Court Judge Mr. Justice Harman that Don't Break My Heart's lyrics were based on her poem.

July 27

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July 28

19XX Delano Thomas [Renaissance Disco] is born in the parish of St. Andrew, Jamaica.

1965 DJ Prezident Brown (Fitz Albert Cotterell) is born in Colonel Ridge, Clarendon, Jamaica.

1998 Bob Marley & The Wailers' video "Time Will Tell" (Polygram Music Video) is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

1999 Beenie Man and three other members of Shocking Vibes Production Ltd. (Ralston McKenzie, Raymond Ledgister and Andrew Thomas) touring the U.S. are arrested and chaged with ganja possession in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States.

July 29

1995 "Boombastic/Summer Time" by Shaggy hit #4 on the pop chart.

1997 "Dancehall Queen", all-Jamaican film produced by Island Jamaica Films, premieres at Kingston, Jamaica's Carib Theater.

Beenie Man, Lady Saw, Anthony B and Chevelle Franklyn perform in the production.

July 30

1963 Apache Scratche (Raymond Hudson) is born in St. Mary, Jamaica.

July 31

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