List of important dates in May

May 1

1945 Ernie Smith (Glenroy Anthony Michael Archangelo Smith) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1980 UB40 begins a 30-date U.K. tour at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham.

May 2

1999 Tatsuyuki Aoki [Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra; drums] passes away (age 32).

At about 11:15 p.m., he was hit by train at Gotokuji station yard (Odakyu line), Tokyo.

May 3

19XX Norman Grant (Twinkle Brothers; vocals/drums) is born in Falmouth, Jamaica.

2012 Lloyd Brevett (Skatalites; bass) passes away at the age of 80.

May 4

1494 Christopher Columbus sets foot on Jamaica.

1952 Jacob "Killer" Miller is born in Mandeville, Jamaica.

1998 Tommy McCook, veteran musician and former leader of the Skatalites, passes away on this day (or next morning) in his home in Atlanta,Georgea, from multiple complications including pneumonia (Age 71).

2004 The mythical producer Clement "Coxsone" Dodd dies of a heart attack at his studio in Kingston, Jamaica (Age 72).

May 5

1968 Louie Culture (Lewin Brown) is born in Port Antonio, Portland, Jamaica.

1970 Audley Rollens records "Repatriation" for Lloyd Daley, The Matador.

1988 The body of Squeengin, engineer for King Jammys, d. April 15, is entombed.

May 6

1953 Calypso singer David Michael Rudder is born in Belmont, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

1969 Don Drummond passes away in Kingston's Bellevue mental asylum.

He had been locked up there after killing his common-law wife Marguerita in 1965. They say he died by his own hand but foul play is suspected as he was reported to be in excellent physical health (aged 37).

1972 Guidance (Donovan Walker) is born in Majesty Gardens, in Kingston.

May 7

19XX Frankie Wilmot is born in Clarendon, Jamaica.

1942 Justin Hinds is born in Steertown, Saint Ann Parish, Jamaica.

1961 Toru "Tellassit" Terashi (Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra; miscellaneous) is born.

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

1980 Linton Kwesi Johnson's "Bass Culture" released in England.

May 8

19XX Drummer Nicky Cymbal is born in Kingston, Kingston Parish, Jamaica

May 9

1936 Ethiopia is formally annexed by Italy.

1981 Bob Marley moves to Miami and goes into hospital.

May 10

1655 British sqadron land at Kingston port of Jamaica under the rule of Spain.

1952 Sly Dunbar (Lowell Fillmore Dunbar) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1974 Eric Clapton records "I Shot the Sheriff", a remake of Bob Marley's song.

May 11

1655 Spain surrender Jamaica to Britain.

1967 Apache Indian (Steve Kapur) is born in Birmingham, England.

1970 The Emotions' "Poor Man Story Long" and Errol Brown's "Sodom And Gomorrah" are recorded for Lloyd Daley, The Matador.

1981 Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) passes away at the age of 36.

At 11:45 a.m. on this day, only forty hours after he left Germany, he dies of melanoma cancer at Miami's Cedars of Lebanon Hospital.

May 12

1953 Guitarist Donald Kinsey is born in Gary, Indiana, USA.

1985 Mighty Diamonds perform at Hibiya Yagai Ongakudo in Tokyo, Japan.

This concert was recorded as their first live album "Live In Tokyo" on Overheat Records. Two Japanese musician, Kazufumi "Echo" Kodama (trumpet) and Akihito Masui (trombone), both are member of dub band Mute Beat, took part in the concert.

May 13

1950 Stevie Wonder (Steveland Morris Hardaway) is born in Saginaw, Miami, USA.

May 14

1981 A memorial service for Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) (d. May 11) in Miami, Florida, USA.

May 15

19XX Little Roy (Earl Lowe) recorded "Bongo Nyah" for Lloyd Daley, The Matador. It became his first hit and the biggest hit of Matador Prouctions. Besides it, The Creators' "Bad Name", Lloyd Charmers' "Zylon" and Lloyd Robinson's "Death A Come" ware recorded for Daley on this day. "Zylon" should have been the flip sie of "Death A Come" but it became the hit side.

1977 Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus tour 1977 Europe / Circus Krone, Munchen, Germany.

May 16

1977 Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus tour 1977 Europe / Circus Krone, Munchen, Germany.

May 17

1977 Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus tour 1977 Europe / CCH, Hamburg, Germany.

May 18

1977 Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus tour 1977 Europe / Eissposthalle, Berlin, Germany

1989 Tiger is set free from his arrest for overstay in USA on April 30th and is deported to Jamaica.

Few days after that, he recorded for the album "Good Boy Me" (released on NEC Avenue, Japan).

1999 Augustus Pablo (Horace Swaby) passes away at University Hospital in Kingston, Jamaica, after a long illness (age 45).

The cause was myasthenia gravis, a nerve disorder, said his brother, Garth Swaby. The London Times reported he died of a muscular disease. The MUSIC Watch reported the cause was pneumonia.

May 19

1948 Singer-actress Grace Beverly Jones is born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica.

1978 Bob Marley & The Wailers' Kaya'78 tour kicks off at Cleveland (Ohio, USA.)

1981 The body of Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley) (d. May 11) is transported from USA to Jamaica.

May 20

1851 Emile Berliner, inventor who developed the world's first flat-disk record player, is born in Hannover, Hannover Germany.

1955 Captain Norval Sinclair Marley, father of Robert Nesta Marley (Bob Marley), passes away in Kingston, Jamaica.

1973 The Wailers appear on BBC TV show OLD GREY WHISTLE TEST.

May 21

1981 Official Funeral Service for the Hon. Robert Nesta Marley O.M. (Bob Marley - Berhane Selassie) (d. May 11)(Light of the Trinity) in Kingston, Jamaica.


Bob was buried with state honours. St. Ann, Jamaica.

May 22

19XX Conrad Crystal (Conrad Constantine Hunter) is born in Jamaica.

1947 Jimmy Riley (Martin James Norman Riley) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1972 Sheryl Watson is born.

1989 Some burglars broke into the Music Works Studio before dawn. DAT, deck, monitor and other equipments ware stolen.

May 23

1964 Millie Small's "My Boy Lollipop", already a hit in the U.K., enters the Hot 100 in the U.S. It stays on the charts for 12 weeks climbing up to #2.

1967 Freddie "Junior" Waite (Musical Youth) is born.

1994 Bob Marley & The Wailers' album "Burnin'" [Island] is certified Gold, and compilation album "Legend" [Island] is certified Multi (5.0) Platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

May 24

1938 Muhammad Yusef Ali a.k.a. Prince Buster (Cecil Bustamante Campbell) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

May 25

1956 Super Blue a.k.a. Blueboy (Austin Lyons) is born in Point Fortin, Trinidad and Tobago.

1956 Sugar Minott (Lincoln Barrington Minott) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

2006 Desmond Dekker dies of a heart attack in Thornton Heath, Greater London, England at 4am Thursday (Age 64).

May 26

1948 Lloyd Parks is born in Walton Gardens, Kingston, Jamaica.

1976 Bob Marley & The Wailers perform at the Roxy, Los Angeles, California, USA.

1997 Tony Johnson, co-founder of Reggae Sunsplash, passes away (dies of "a sudden and massive heart attack" according to attending paramedics) at his home in Pasadena, Carifornia, USA. (Age 56).

1999 Show promoter Gavin Sharpe passes away at the age of 27.

Sharpe was stabbed to death on the roadway outside his home at about 8pm., and was taken the Spanish Town Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

May 27

1969 Tanto Metro (Mark Anthony Wolfe) is born in St. Andrew, Jamaica.

1996 Shabba Ranks appears in court. He was tried for illegal ganja possession and was let off with a light fine.

May 28

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May 29

2004 Singer Barry Brown passes away on the premises of the Sone Waves Recording Studio at Ivy Green Crecent in Kingston (age 42).

May 30

1969 Spragga Benz (Carlton Errington Grant ) is born in Dunkirk area of Kingston, Jamaica.

1981 Makeda Jahnesta Marley, last child of Bob, is born to Yvette aka Ivet.

May 31

1952 Producer Clive Hunt is born in Saint Catherine Parish, Jamaica.