October

List of important dates in October


October 1

1970 Yami Bolo (Rolando Ephraim MacLean) is born in Whitfield Town (Kingston 13), Kingston, Jamaica.

October 2

1934 Lord Tanamo (Joseph Abraham Gordon) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1965 Baby Face (Richard Thomas) [King Addies] is born in San Fernando, Trinidad.

1970 White Mice (Allon Crichton) is born in Montego Bay, Jamaica.

1981 Terry Hall, Lynval Golding and Neville Staples quit The Specials to form Fun Boy Three.

October 3

1901 The Victor Talking Machine Company is incorporated.

1999 Sony Corp's co-founder Akio Morita passes away (dies of pneumonia) in Tokyo (age 78).

October 4

1966 Moses I (Anthony Singh) is born.

1990 UB40's album "Labour Of Love II" [Virgin] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

October 5

1948 Delroy George Wilson is born in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica.

1953 Sandra "Puma" Jones (Black Uhuru) is born in Columbia, South Carolina, USA.

1957 Lee Thompson (Madness) is born in London.

1974 Singer Chico (Patrick Walker) is born.

October 6

1946 Millicent Small a.k.a. Millie Small, "The Blue Beat Girl", is born in Clarendon, Jamaica.

1971 The Ethiopians record "Owe Me No Pay Me" for Lloyd Daley, The Matador.

1999 Mr. Vegas wins Best International Reggae Act of annual MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

October 7

1955 Donald 'Tubby' Shaw (Mighty Diamonds) is born.

1960 Junior Demus (Conrad McNish) is born.

1969 U Roy records "Scandal" for Lloyd Dalley, The Matador.

1994 UB40 performs at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, in the New South Africa, to an audience of around 60,000 people. It marks the end of a World tour beginning in August 1994 which took them to the U.K., Europe, America, South America, and the Far East.

This show was filmed and released as a videogram "Live in the New South Africa" on Virgin.

2005 Franklyn 'Chubby Dread' Allen, popular dance promoter, is murdered outside a prominent New Kingston night club.

October 8

19XX Josey Wales (Joseph Winston Sterling) is born in St. Mary, Jamaica.

1980 Bob Marley collapses in New York while preparing for a tour of the U.S. with Stevie Wonder.

He was diagnosed as having cancer and dies on May 11, 1981.

October 9

1957 Ini Kamoze is born in Port Maria, Jamaica.

1963 Mikey General a.k.a. Michael Taylor is born in London, England.

1973 Slim Smith is found dead of undetermined causes.

1988 Red Red Wine (UB40) is a hit. (U.S.)

October 10

1968 The Caribbeans' "Let Me Walk By" and The Scorchers' "Uglyman" are recorded for Lloyd Daley, The Matador.

1989 Conroy Smith is shot and wounded by gunman, probably burglar, and is sent to hospital in the dead of night.

2008 Alton Ellis passes away (Age 68).

October 11

1865 Jamaican national hero Paul Bogle leads a successful protest march to the Morant Bay Courthouse.

1955 Lascelle 'Wiss' Bulgrin (Israel Vibration) is born.

1969 Lascelles Perkins records "Please Stay" for Lloyd Dalley, The Matador.

1970 The Victors record "Me A Tell You" for Lloyd Dalley, The Matador.

1975 The Wailers and Stevie Wonder jam at the National Arena. The Third World opened the concert.

1993 Anthony Johnson a.k.a. Panhead passes away (shot dead) at his home on the morning of this day (Age 28).

2004 Jamaica's The Legal Deposit law is implemented.

October 12

1960 Georges Kouakou (Ex-Producer and Keyboard player for Alpha Blondy) is born in the Ivory Coast.

1967 DJ Tonton David is born in Paris, France.

1969 Lloyd Robinson records "The Worm" for Lloyd Dalley, The Matador.

October 13

1960 DJ Charlie Chaplin (Richard Patrick Bennett) is born in St. Catherine, Jamaica.

2009 Buju Banton meets with four members of San Francisco's gay community following the cancellation of a number of dates on his Rasta Got Soul tour.

October 14

1950 Allan "Skill" Cole, Rasta soccer star, breddah of Bob Marley, is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1959 Junior 'Willow' Wilson is born in Trench Town, Kingston, Jamaica.

1970 Lenn Hammond is born in Port Maria, St. Mary, Jamaica.

1978 Marlon Binns is born.

19XX Delly Ranks (Delroy Foster) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1988 Red Red Wine (UB40) is No. 1 Billboard Pop hit. The song reached No. 34 when the group first released the single in 1984. It is written by Neil Diamond.

October 15

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October 16

1952 Brinsley Forde [Aswad; vocals/guitar] is born in Guyana.

1973 Producer Lloyd James Jr. a.k.a. John John is born as the son of Lloyd James aka King Jammy.

2006 Some artistes get Order of Distinction during National Honours and Awards ceremony at King's House.

Recipients of the OD (Commander class):

• Singer/songwriter Bob Andy

• Musician/producer Asley 'Grub' Cooper

• Lennie Little-White, who directed Andy in the 1978 movie Children of Babylon

Recipients of the OD (Officer class):

• Singer/musician Boris Gardiner

• Record producer Lloyd 'King Jammys' James

• Singer/songwriter Ernie Smith

October 17

1934 Trombonist Rico Rodriguez (Emmanuel Rodriguez) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1968 David "Ziggy" Marley (Melody Makers) is born as the first child of Bob and Rita in Kingston, Jamaica.

19XX Sugar Roy (Leroy Moore) is born.

1988 UB40's "Red Red Wine" reaches No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

October 18

1931 Thomas Alva Edison, the inventor who brought us the phonograph ("gramophone"), dies in West Orange, New Jersey, at 84.

1976 Oswald Williams a.k.a. Count Ossie passes away, dies in a road crash (Age 48).

2007 Lucky Dube passes away (shot dead) at Johannesburg's southern Rosettenville suburb (Age 43).

October 19

19XX Junior Moore is born.

1932 Trumpeter Eddie "Tan Tan" Thornton is born in Spanish Town, Jamaica.

1944 Peter Tosh (Winston Hubert McIntosh) is born in Westmoreland, Jamaica. (some say October 9 or 13).

1960 Daniel "Woody" Woodgate [Madness; drums] is born in Maida Vale, London, England.

1965 Singer Frankie Paul (Paul Blake) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1974 Mega Banton (Garth Williams) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

2000 Hortense Ellis passes away at the Kingston Public Hospital from a stomach infection (age 59).

October 20

1955 Harry Belafonte records "Day-O" (later changed to "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)") for RCA Victor.

1964 Luciano (Jepther McClymont) is born in Jamaica.

October 21

1965 Jamaican national hero George William Gordon is unfairly arrested and sentenced to death.

October 22

1968 Shaggy (Orville Richard Burrell) is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

October 23

1994 Aswad perform at Tokyo Bay NK Hall, Tokyo, Japan.

Some numbers on this show are recorded and put in the album "Live and Shine", released on Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.

October 24

1954 Cindy Breakspeare (Cynthia Jean Cameron Breakspeare) is born in Toronto, Canada.

1957 Handel Tucker [809; keyboard (until Dec. 1988)], songwriter/producer, is born in St. Ann, Jamaica.

1993 Funeral for Anthony Johnson aka Panhead is held.

October 25

1983 Gyptian (Windel Beneto Edwards) is born Saint Andrew Parish, Jamaica.

1988 Tenor Saw (Clive Bright) is found dead of undetermined causes in the street of Houston, Texas, USA (Age 21).

2010 Gregory Isaacs passes away after a battle with cancer, in London, United Kingdom.

October 26

1947 King Jammy (aka Prince Jammy) (Lloyd James) is born in Montego Bay, St. James, Jamaica.

1983 UB40 performs at Hammersmith Odeon, London. This show was filmed and released as a videogram "UB40 live" from Virgin.

October 27

1955 Bernard 'Touter' Harvey [Soul Syndicate/Wailers/Inner Circle; keyboards] is born.

1969 Twiggy (Marie Gittens) [54-46] is born in Jamaica.

2000 Drummer Winston Grennan passes away after experiencing respiratory complications.

October 28

19XX Sheena Spirit is born in Brooklyn, New York, United States.

1944 Bob Andy (Keith Anderson) is born in St. Andrews, Jamaica.

1984 Diana (Carla) Rutherford is born.

2005 Dancehall deejay Baby Wayne (Wayne Parkinson) dies at the Kingston Public Hospital from complications of pneumonia. He was 37.

October 29

1972 I Can See Clearly Now (Johnny Nash) is a hit (U.S.).

1997 "What I have come to realize is that it is not really possible for me to continue to grow creatively in the entertainment business within PolyGram," Island Records founder Chris Blackwell's criticizing appears in the L.A. Times as a phone interview from Oracabessa, Jamaica.

He had offered to resign from the board of directors of PolyGram. "I feel that Alain Levy is restricting me, and I don't understand why. It is unlikely that I will be able to do what I want to do and still stay within the corporate structure."

October 30

1946 Denroy Morgan is born in May Pen, Clarendon, Jamaica.

1947 Hopeton Lewis is born in Kingston, Jamaica.

1969 Snow (Darrin Kenneth O'Brien) is born in Tronto, Canada.

1990 Maxi Priest's single "Close To You" [Charisma] is certified Gold by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America).

October 31

1973 Devonte (Wayne Pasley) is born.

1994 Aswad perform at Tokyo Koseh Nenkin Kaikan, Tokyo, Japan.

Some numbers on this show are recorded and put in the album "Live and Shine", released on Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.

1997 PolyGram chief Alain Levy and other officials ask Island Group Chairman Chris Blackwell to step down immediately in meeting at PolyGram's New York headquarters. It was two days after his publicly criticizing the chairman of PolyGram.