Mighty Diamonds

Genres: Reggae
Descriptive "tags": reggae roots reggae roots jamaica ska Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
Links online: Official Homepage Wikipedia

Biography

One of the most famous Jamaican vocal groups of the 70s and 80s, the Mighty Diamonds was formed in 1969 by lead vocalist Donald ‘Tabby’ Shaw with Fitzroy ‘Bunny’ Simpson and Lloyd ‘Judge’ Ferguson providing the harmonies and occasional lead. They recorded unsuccessfully for Stranger Cole and Rupie Edwards, among others, before their breakthrough in 1975 with Joseph ‘Joe Joe’ Hookim’s Channel One studio. ‘Hey Girl’ and ‘Country Living’ were big reggae hits, but their next release, ‘Right Time’, on Hookim’s Well Charge label, consolidated that success. The Mighty Diamonds’ initial popularity was boosted by a number of factors: the influence of Burning Spear’s championing of Jamaican national hero, Marcus Garvey; the definitive three-part rocksteady harmonies of the Heptones, together with Sly Dunbar’s militant rockers style of drumming on ‘do-overs’ of timeless...

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