Independence Special: Jamaica @ 60 & Beyond

NAME OF FEATURE | THE GLEANER | SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 71 INDEPENDENCE SPECIAL: JAMAICA @ 60 AND B YOND F ATURE | THE GLEANER | SUNDAY, JULY 31, 2022 jamaica at UNIQUELY JAMAICAN LIKKLE BUT TALLAWAH! MUSIC ICONS down by audition man Derrick Morgan, on the grounds that it was too slow and wouldn’t take the market. Cliff’s substitute, Hurricane Hattie, became a massive No. 1 ska hit in Jamaica in 1962 and effectively launched his career. Backed by the Drumbago All Stars Band, he followed up with other numbers like Miss Jamaica, Since Lately, King of Kings, One-Eyed Jack, among others. They were also among the many ska hits that blared at dances and festive occasions during the Independence euphoria of 1962. At 12 going on 13 years old, Delroy Wilson, still in short pants and attending Boys’ Town Primary School, was perhaps the earliest and youngest of the stars that came with a bang in Jamaica’s inaugural year of Independence. Apart from creating music that helped to sweeten the celebrations, Wilson’s arrival at Studio 1 was opportune, as it provided producer Clement Dodd with the ammunition he needed to re-establish himself as the top record producer of the early 1960s. YoungWilson provided a barrage of songs aimed at Prince Buster, who had earlier denounced Dodd with the recording One HandWashThe Other and others.Wilson responded with cuts such as Joe Liges Stop Criticise, The Lion of Judah, Prince Pharaoh, I Shall Not Remove, and Remember Your Nest. Stranger Cole, now known as Strangejah Cole, and whose name was derived from the family’s observation at his birth that he didn’t resemble anybody in his family, came on the scene as a 17-year-old with a stunning ska piece titled Ruff And Tuff. Cole warned in the song: “Don’t bite the hand that feeds you ’Cause the good you do lives after you.” It was an ever-present selection at festive events during the Independence celebrations of 1962 and climbed toNo. 1on the Jamaican charts. Incidentally, it was the only hit recording Cole had as a solo artiste. Frederick ‘Toots’Hibbert adopted a more spiritual approach when he arrived on the Jamaican music scene. He, along with Nathaniel McCarthy and Henry Gordon, calling themselves The Maytals, arrived at Studio 1 with a new style, a new spiritual ska beat that was eagerly welcomed by the music lovers. With Hibbert, the youngest of the three, doing lead vocals, they hit hard with Sixth and Seventh Books, Prayer Is My Daily Food, War No More, He’s Real, He Will Provide, Hallelujah, and Shining Light. In later years, Hibbert’s work helped to place Jamaica on the international music map. Although not using the original combination, Toots still performs as The Maytals and won a Grammy Award in 2005 for the album True Love. Delroy Wilson Strangejah Cole (Stranger Cole) PHOTOS FROMTHE GLEANER ARCHIVES