Barry Llewellyn of the hugely influential harmony trio, the Heptones, has passed away. Reports started surfacing before Thanksgiving but I waited till there was more info to post. It’s sad that yet another true genius and revered performer has gone to the great stage in the sky.
News report have been filed on sites [...]
According to his daughter, Patrice, he was first diagnosed with a brain a tumour and he did an operation in February to [...]
Various Reports say original Itals and Terrors singer Lloyd Ricketts passed away last Thursday July 21 in Jamaica. Born Lloyd George Ricketts born on Sept. 23, 1947 and went on to play with various groups over the years but always a true Ital.
The Itals formed in 1976 around the vocal harmonies of Alvin “Keith” [...]
The Jamaica Gleaner posted an amazing summary of the life and gifts of Lloyd Knibb today.
I especially like this part:
We, as music lovers, musicians and musicologists, are grateful that Lloyd Knibb established an authentic Jamaican rhythmic structure. For, he too, like the music he made and his achievements, has become a symbol [...]
Carlos Malcolm posted the following to his Facebook page:
Long before the word “Ska” was coined Lloyd Knibb ( affectionately known as ” Knibbsey” was an excellent Latin-styled drummer pepping up the Eric Deans Orchestra with Latin music’drum “licks” he learned while touring with Eric Deans. I met Lloyd at the Bournemouth Club in the [...]
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