Jackie Bernard of the Kingstonians Needs Help!

Jackie Bernard‘….my good friend Jackie continues deteriorating rapidly we can’t do anything: his heath condition report is devastating, not only he doesn’t have money for treatment or for adequate food and hygiene, also his denture ( false teeth ) were stolen on his last hospital visit”

That’s the latest news to come out about the state of Jackie Bernard, lead vocalist for the amazing Jamaican trio The Kingstonians. He was diagnosed a Diabetic The Kingstonians were formed around 1966 by Jackie Bernard and his brother Footy, along with mutual friend Lloyd Kerr. He has been battling health issues for months now and it doesn’t seem to be getting any better.

The bands greatest success came between 1968 and 1970 with producer Derrick Harriott, who helped steer the singles “Singer Man” and “Sufferer” to the top of the Jamaican charts. An LP of the Harriott material was released in 1970 under the title Sufferer. The album was the career high point for the Kingstonians, who left Harriott to work briefly with producers Leslie Kong before breaking up as the roots reggae era began. “Singer Man” was covered by multi-platinum selling British reggae group UB40 on their Labour Of Love 2 album in 1989.

According to the Rafael Ruiz, founder of the Jackie Bernard Foundation and the man responsible for setting up the foundation’s Facebook page, Bernard’s health is worsening daily. “It is difficult for him to move around and look after himself and he is unable to afford medication,” Ruiz said.

Bernard is currently living in an unfinished one-room house in Maxfield, Kingston. The money raised by the foundation, Ruiz says, will go towards medication, food and personal hygiene products for Bernard. Ruiz says since he found out about Bernard’s situation, he has been spending his own money to care for him.

A fund was started in order to help raise funds for the ailing musician. Donations are over $8,000 as of right now but more money will be needed. The goal was set at $10,000 so it’s not far off. So please take a minute if you can to donate. Every dollar counts!!

Below is a video of Jackie talking a little bit about his situation.

I've been involved in the Los Angeles music scene since at least 1995 going to shows, promoting, spinning records and running labels. Ska and Early Reggae are my passion among other things of course.