List of important dates in March
1739 Britain is forced to sign a peace treaty with Maroons in Jamaica.
1927 Harry Belafonte (Harold George Belafonte, Jr.), American singer ("Banana Boat Song", "Jamaica Farewell"), is born in Harlem, New York City, USA. DAAAAY-O!
1945 Burning Spear (Winston Rodney) is born in Saint Ann's Bay, Saint Ann, Jamaica.
1996 March on Kingston for legalize ganja.
Rastafarians from all over the island concentrated in Kingston and joined in the demonstration march for the sole object of legalize ganja for use right purpose. The chant with congo drums and niyabinghi harmonized with smoke of herb, the event finished peacefully amid the watching of the police.
2001 Shaggy's album "Hot Shot" [MCA] is certified Multi (5.0) Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
1983 Sony, Philips, and Polygram team up to launch a new recording medium - the Compact Disc.
1927 Tommy McCook is born in Havana, Cuba.
1948 Jackie Mittoo (Donat Roy Mittoo) is born in Brown's Town, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica.
1961 DJ Lady Ann (Barbara Ann Smith) is born.
1970 DJ Errol "Jigsy" King is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1972 Tony Matheron [King Addies] is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1877 The microphone is invented by Emile Berliner.
1965 Dirtsman (Patrick Thompson) is born in Spanish Town, Jamaica.
1972 Determine (Rohan Bennett) is born in St. Mary, Jamaica.
1993 Shabba Ranks gets that evening's appearance on the U.S. TV The Tonight Show cancelled after making anti-gay statements on Channel 4's The Word.
2004 Phillip Linton, owner of Arrow's Recording Studio is shot and killed.
2017 Edi Fitzroy dies in May Pen, Jamaica (Age 62).
1948 Eddy Grant (Edmond Montague Grant) is born in Plaisance, Guyana.
1995 Delroy Wilson passes away (dies of cirrhosis) at UWI, in Kingston Jamaica (Age 46).
1997 Michael Norman Manley passes away, former Prime Minister of Jamaica and former leader of the People's National Party, dies at 11:45 p.m. on this day after 6 year battle with prostate cancer (Age 72).
1952 Donovan Germain, producer and owner of Penthouse Studio, is born.
1995 Producer Dave Jordan passes away (dies of a heart attack) at a Paris hotel.
He started as an engineer in the 70s working for act like Bob Marley and the Rolling Stones and went on to produce The Specials and The Pogues.
1984 "Free Nelson Mandella" is released by Special AKA.
1974 DJ Don Yute is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1994 Q-Q (Kareem Dawkins) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
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1932 Don Drummond is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1972 Tony Matterhorn is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1998 British ska/reggae star Judge Dread (b. Alex Hughes), best known for his 70's hits "Big Six", "Big Seven" and "Je T'aime", dies after collapsing, apparently from a heart attack, during a performance on stage with his backing band, The Originals, at the Penny Theatre in Cantebury, England, (Age 53).
The Times reports that his last words were "Let's hear it for the band!"
1968 DJ Sleepy Wonder (Selwyn Archer) is born in Slipe Road, Kingston, Jamaica.
1974 Chevelle Franklyn is born in Tawes Pen, St Catherine, Jamaica.
1996 Bob Marley & The Wailers' album "Live!", "Rastaman Vibration", "Exodus", "Kaya", "Uprising" and "Confrontation" [Island] are certified Gold, and video "The Bob Marley Story" [Island Video] is certified Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America). Also Inner Circle's album "Bad Boys" [Big Beat] is certified Platinum.
1968 Nadine Sutherland is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
2011 Smiley Culture passes away in Warlingham, United Kingdom (Age 48).
1970 Dennis Brown records "Things In Life" for Lloyd Daley, The Matador.
1993 Snow's single "Informer" [East West] is certified Gold and Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
2005 Justin Hinds passes away (dies of lung cancer).
1950 WDIA-Memphis becomes the first black radio station in the southern U.S.
1935 Skully (Noel Bartholomew Simms) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1957 Anthony Greene is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1966 DJ Red Dragon (Leroy May) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
19XX Winston 'Pipe' Matthews (Wailing Souls; lead vocal) is born.
1959 Terry Hall [Specials/Fun Boy Three; guitars, vocals] is born in Coventry, West Midlands, England.
1961 Snagga Puss (Norman Suppria) is born in Arnett Gardens, Kingston, Jamaica.
1997 The Skatalites sign with Island Records Jazz Jamaica imprint.
2001 Island Records founder Chris Blackwell is inducted in the "nonperformers" category of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1936 Lee "Scratch" Perry aka "Upsetter" (Rainford Hugh Perry) is born in Kendal, a small town in the rural parish of Hanover, Jamaica.
1956 Fonso Martin [Steel Pulse; vocals/percussions] is born.
1987 First issue of the Japanese Reggae Magazine goes on sale.
1996 Bob Marley & The Wailers' compilation album "Legend" [Island] is certified Multi (7.0) Platinum, and video "Legend" [Island Video] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
1976 Anthony B (Keith Blair) is born in Trelawny, Jamaica.
1981 American rock band Blondie enters the soul album chart with "Autoamerican", which peaked at No. 7 in its 25 weeks on the charts. "Autoamerican" produced a hit cover version of the Paragons' reggae tune "The Tide is High," which went to #1 in the U.S. and U.K.
1948 Ken Boothe (Kenneth Boothe) is born in Denham Town, Kingston, Jamaica.
19XX Watanabe Kohji (Ska Flames; trombone) is born.
1996 Bob Marley & The Wailers' compilation album "Legend" [Island] is certified Multi (8.0) Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
1980 Jacob "Killer" Miller passes away, dies in a car crash along Hope Road in Kingston, Jamaica.
1999 Augustus Pablo's album "Valley Of Jehosophat" is released on RAS Records. Pablo passed away two months later (May 18th).
2004 Singer Trevor Sparks passes away from a stroke in Chicago.
2016 Jimmy Riley passes away from cancer in New York City, United States (Age 68).
1992 Calypso giant Attila is born in Trinidad.
1993 Snow's album "12 Inches of Snow" [East West] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
1971 Little Roy records "Hard Fighter" for Lloyd Dalley, The Matador.
1980 The Police performed to a massive crowd in Bombay, India.
1983 Culture Club's reggae-styled tune "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me" peaks at #2 on the pop singles chart.
1940 Derrick Morgan is born in Stewarton, Jamaica.
1955 Mad Professor (Neil Fraser) is born in Guyana.
19XX Ishikawa Michihisa [Ska Flames; saxophone] is born.
1963 DJ Bobo General (Patrick Bernard) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1969 Singer Daweh Congo is born as Rohan Graham in the Jubilee Hospital in the city of Kingston, Jamaica.
1988 "Conscious Party" album by Ziggy Marley & Melody Makers is released.
1999 Beenie Man and three other members of Shocking Vibes Production Ltd. (Ralston McKenzie, Raymond Ledgister and Andrew Thomas) are cleared of illegal marijuana possession charge in Virginia, United States. (They were arrested on July 28, 1999).
1968 DJ Daddy Screw (Michael Johnson) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1945 Dwight "Brhther Dee" Pinkney (Sharks/Zap Pow/Roots Radics; guitar) is born in Manchester, Jamaica.
1965 Singer Little John is born in Kingston, Jamaica.
1968 Mad Cobra (Ewart Everton Brown) is born in Kingston, Jamaica. (some say 1970)
1983 "Electric Avenue" single by Eddy Grant is released.
1984 "Red Red Wine" by UB40 peaks at #34 on the Billboard pop singles chart.
1992 Bob Marley & The Wailers' compilation album "Legend" [Island] is certified Multi (3.0) Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).
2003 Sean Paul's album "Dutty Rock" [Atlantic] is certified Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).